Crispy Potato Cakes

  • Author: Lisa @ This Pilgrim Life
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes


Crispy potato cakes are our favorite way to use leftover mashed potatoes! I regularly make extra mashed potatoes just so we can have potato cakes with our eggs for breakfast!



  • 23 cups leftover mashed potatoes
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • butter


  1. Mix together the leftover mashed potatoes and egg well. Add the garlic and salt, stir again. Form the potatoes into patties.
  2. Heat a cast iron griddle or skillet over medium heat until hot. Add a little butter (enough to generously coat the bottom) and move it around on the hot skillet until melted. Immediately place the potato cakes in the melted butter.
  3. Cook the potato cakes for about 5 minutes until the bottom of the cakes form a brown and crispy crust. (DON’T try to flip them before a good crust forms, or they will fall apart). Slide a spatula under the potato cakes, add more butter to the pan, and flip to cook the cakes on the other side.
  4. Serve hot!