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Deruny (Potato Pancakes)

Potato pancakes or deruny are one of the most beloved meat-free dishes in Ukraine. 
4.92 from 48 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Russian, Ukrainean
Servings 12 pancakes


  • 3 medium-large russet potatoes 1” dice
  • 1 medium onion 1” dice
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 coup flour more or less
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder scant
  • 1 teaspoon salt


How to Make Deruny (Potato Pancakes):

  • Peel and dice raw potatoes and onion if you are using a food processor or blender. Leave them whole if using a box grater.
  • Pulse potatoes, onion and garlic in the food processor or blender until almost pureed. If you are not using a food processor or blender, grate the potatoes, garlic and onion on the fine rasp of a box grater.
  • Add eggs and pulse once or twice to mix, or beat with a whisk.
  • Mix flour, baking powder, salt and pepper in a small bowl and add to potato mixture. Pulse once or twice to mix. You should have a fairly thick batter -- it should kind of plop off the spoon, not run off). Add more flour if necessary.
  • Heat a large skillet (preferably non-stick) on medium to medium-high with about ¼" vegetable oil.
  • Ladle batter into skillet, making about 4 pancakes at a time, using about ¼ cup batter for each pancake. Fry until browned, turning to brown on both sides. You may need to add a bit of oil between batches.
  • Serve deruny while hot with a dollop of sour cream.  
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