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Celery Root Latkes on a white serving tray with apples, sour cream, apples, sauce, and menorah candles scattered around.
Celery Root Latkes
Prep Time
45 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins

Try these traditional latkes with a twist to jazz up your Hanukkah table. Starchy celery root is mixed in with potatoes and onions in these extra crispy (and extra delicious!) latkes.

Course: Side
Cuisine: Jewish
Keyword: celery root latkes
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 203 kcal
  • 1 1/2 lbs celery root
  • 1 1/2 lbs yukon gold potatoes (yellow potatoes)
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt (plus extra for sprinkling)
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup AP flour
  • Canola oil for frying
  • sour cream and applesauce for serving
  1. Peel and rough chop the celery root, potatoes, and onion. Fit a food processor with a shredding (grating) disc and shred the celery root, onions and potatoes. Alternatively you can grate them using a cheese grater.

  2. Place the grated celery root, onions, and potatoes together in a colander and press on them to release excess moisture. To ensure that they're really dry, I place them inside a towel in smaller amounts and tightly squeeze until no more liquid is released.

  3. Mix the drained potatoes and onion with the salt, flour, and egg until just combined.

  4. Preheat oven to 250 degrees and line a sheet pan with a rack or paper towels.

  5. Pour enough oil to cover the bottom of a large non-stick skillet and heat over high heat until the oil is hot but not smoking. Using a cookie scoop or large spoon, scoop the celery root mixture and drop into the pan. (You will fry these in several batches.)
  6. Cook, pressing down lightly to flatten the latkes, until the first side is golden brown, then flip them carefully to the other side. Season with kosher salt and cook until golden brown and place on the lined pan. Hold them in the oven to keep warm as you fry the remaining latkes. Repeat until the potato mixture is all gone.

  7. Serve with sour cream and applesauce if desired.
Recipe Notes

Recipe yields 24 latkes.


  • Traditionally latkes were made with potatoes shredded on a grater, but a food processor fitted with a shredding blade makes quick work of the grating.
  • Drain the potatoes very well before mixing with the flour and eggs. Drain them in a colander by pressing on them, and then wrap large scoops in a kitchen towel or paper towels and squeeze out the excess moisture. 
  • I use an ice cream scoop to portion out the latkes, it's neater and makes latkes that are uniform in size.
  • Test your oil to make sure it is sizzling hot before dropping the latkes into the pan. You want to see and hear that sizzle!
  • Drain the fried latkes on a sheet tray fitted with a rack for the crispiest results and hold them in a warm oven while you fry the remaining latkes. 
Nutrition Facts
Celery Root Latkes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 203 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 81mg27%
Sodium 561mg24%
Potassium 673mg19%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 120IU2%
Vitamin C 17.5mg21%
Calcium 80mg8%
Iron 4.5mg25%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.