Nourish PA: Instant Potato Pancakes

There’s more to do with instant potato flakes beyond mashed potatoes! For instance, try these pillowy soft potato pancakes, which make a tasty little side dish with roasted chicken or veggies.

Instant Potato Pancakes

Serves 4
Prep Time Cook Time Total Time
5 min 12 min 17 min


  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 cups potato flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, or vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, or 1 teaspoon dried chives


  1. In a large bowl, stir water and egg together until combined. Stir in potato flakes, salt and pepper together until a smooth dough forms. Divide dough into 8 balls. Press into 1/2-inch-thick pancakes.
  2. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-low heat. Working in batches, cook pancakes until golden-brown, about 2-3 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining pancakes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine sour cream and garlic powder. Serve with pancakes and enjoy.
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