Bramborák or Czech Potato Pancakes



Potato pancakes turn up in most European cultures, from Polish placki to Swedish rarakor, German kartoffelpuffer, and Irish boxty. They can be made from smooth cakes of leftover mashed potatoes to crispy shredded potatoes that resemble hash browns. However, today, we are making Bramborák or Czech Potato Pancakes.

These crispy pancakes are the perfect food for every occasion from breakfast to bite-size party food; also they are vegan. Because of the neutral flavor, you can pair it with any topping you like from scrambled eggs, mayonnaise, sour cream, or just simple ketchup. They are very easy to make, and this recipe will only take you 15 to 30 minutes depending on the size of the pancakes you make. It will save you a lot of time if you grated and peeled the potatoes then submerge them in a bowl of water, cover and refrigerate the night before. The recipe requires marjoram, a cousin of oregano, and it’s available at every supermarket. They are not as strong, and it’s also sweeter than oregano.  

The recipe requires all-purpose flour, but you can substitute with any kind of flour depending on your diet. However, make sure you put in enough to bind everything together. We recommend using avocado oil for a healthier option, but if you want, you can use lard. This is a dish that will make your family and friends remember and they might want you to make for every occasion in the future.

Bramborák or Czech Potato Pancakes

Ready in 30 minutes

6 pancakes


  • 3 medium peeled and grated potatoes

  • 1/2 grated onion

  • a pinch of  ground nutmeg

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 egg

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • Vegetable Oil or lard, for frying


  1. Combine potatoes and onion in a piece of cheesecloth or clean tea towel. Squeeze out all of the liquid.

  2. In a large bowl, combine potatoes, onion, marjoram, nutmeg, salt, pepper, egg, and flour. Stir well to mix thoroughly.

  3. In a skillet, heat enough oil for shallow frying. Using a few tablespoons for each pancake, form into 2″ patties and place in the hot oil.

  4. Cook on medium heat 2-3 minutes on each side, until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

  5. Serve hot


You can serve with mayonnaise, sour cream, ketchup, fruit preserves, yogurt or applesauce. The options are endless.