Trader Joe’s Latkes in the Air Fryer (Frozen Potato Pancakes)

Latkes are such a great food. They’re a shredded potato pancake that’s fried so it gets nice and golden brown and crispy, which you can top and season how you like. Instead of shredding your own potatoes and forming patties, make these Trader Joe’s latkes in the air fryer instead!

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

While latkes were only traditionally prepared around Hanukkah, they’ve become more prevalent in year round cooking. I mean, who can resist a crispy, delicious, golden brown potato pancake? Latkes make a great appetizer, snack, or side dish anytime.

They can be enjoyed many ways, whether plain or with the addition of onions, cheese, or other seasonings. Commonly, they’re topped with sour cream and chives or applesauce. While they may seem basic, there’s just something irresistible about latkes.

holding a potato latke open showing the warm inside

What I can resist, though, is the tedious task of shredding potatoes and them forming patties. Using Trader Joe’s frozen latkes skips all the hard work so you can jump right to the cooking, which is incredibly easy thanks to your air fryer.

In fact, they’re ready in just about 10 minutes! Plus, Trader Joe’s seasons them perfectly with added onions, which is just the way I like them. Yum!

Ingredients to Grab

trader joe's frozen latkes next to box
  • 1 box Trader Joe’s latkes (or other brand of frozen potato pancakes)
  • Toppings as desired (optional)

Ingredient Tips and Notes

  • While I’m making this recipe with Trader Joe’s latkes, you can swap in another brand of your preference for the same results! Try Kineret or Golden brand for an alternative
  • I’m serving up my latkes with the traditional cinnamon applesauce and sour cream with chives for a sweet and savory option. However, feel free to use your favorites!

How to Cook Trader Joe’s Latkes in an Air Fryer

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 380°F (or 375°F depending on your air fryer’s available settings) and remove frozen latkes from all packaging
  2. Place latkes in the preheated air fryer basket in a single layer, allowing some air space between them
trader joe's latkes in air fryer basket
  1. Cook latkes on the air fry setting for 10 minutes at 380°F, pausing to flip them halfway through cooking, until heated through and golden brown
  2. Serve with your favorite toppings, or plain alongside a main course
overhead view of trader joe's latkes on a plate with applesauce

What to Serve With Latkes

  • Sour cream
  • Cream cheese
  • Greek yogurt
  • Applesauce
  • Apple butter
  • Honey
  • Chutney
  • Caramelized onions
  • Chives
  • Fresh dill
  • Smoked paprika
  • Lemon wedges
  • Green salad
  • Roasted beets
  • Butternut squash soup
  • Smoked salmon
  • Corned beef
  • Brisket
  • Smoked chicken
  • Poached egg
  • Cheese

There are so many great toppings and main dishes to serve alongside your air fryer Trader Joe’s latkes! Note that you’ll likely want to skip the meat options if you’re keeping Kosher.

Try your frozen potato pancakes with my recipe for Air Fryer Caramelized Onions, Air Fryer Butternut Squash Soup, sweet Air Fryer Beef Brisket Sandwich, or these Air Fryer Beets and Carrots.

trader joe's potato latkes on a square plate with sour cream on top

Recipe FAQs

How Long Do You Cook Frozen Latkes in the Air Fryer?

You typically cook frozen latkes for 8-12 minutes in the air fryer. The time will vary slightly based on the size of the latkes and your specific air fryer.

Set the timer for 10 and make sure to check them near the end. Add a couple more minutes if they are not quite crispy enough.

Why Are My Latkes Not Crispy?

Latkes will not be crispy if they are overcrowded in the basket, not cooked at a high enough temperature, or lack oil.

When cooking them in the air fryer, make sure to keep them in a single layer and cook them at 380°F – 400°F, depending on your air fryer’s available settings.

How Do You Reheat Latkes in the Air Fryer?

To reheat latkes in the air fryer, cook at 350°F for 5-7 minutes, flipping halfway through, until internal temperature reaches 165°F.

This assumes you’re reheating leftover homemade or previously cooked frozen latkes that have been refrigerated.

Can You Microwave Trader Joe’s Latkes?

Yes, you can microwave Trader Joe’s latkes. Cook on high for around 2 minutes, flipping halfway through. Times will vary based on microwave wattage and number of latkes.

However, the latkes will not be crisp with this preparation method, so it’s recommended to use an oven, toaster oven, or air fryer as an alternative.

Recipe Pro Tips

  • There is no need to add any oil during cooking as frozen latkes are pre-cooked and already contain oil
  • If you prefer a darker brown exterior you can bump the temperature to 400°F and cook for 7-8 minutes instead
  • I recommend a spatula or tongs to help with flipping. They’re not incredibly delicate, but a fork can definitely cause pieces to break off
  • My Trader Joe’s frozen latkes were perfect after 10 minutes in a Ninja Dual Zone air fryer. I can fit 4-5 per basket (depending how many I’m cooking). Other air fryers may vary slightly

More Air Fryer Potato Recipes to Try Out

Final Thoughts

Trader Joe’s latkes are so easy to make thanks to your air fryer. It saves a ton of time versus making your own and you don’t need to sacrifice flavor! 

They cook up perfectly browned and crispy in just about 10 minutes, and keep for months in your freezer. I reach for them anytime I need a last-minute side or just have a hankering for crispy potato pancakes. 

Whether you’re team applesauce or team sour cream (or both!) it’s never been easier or more delicious to enjoy latkes anytime!

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Trader Joe’s Latkes Air Fryer Recipe

Trader Joe’s latkes are frozen potato pancakes that crisp up perfectly in the air fryer in just about 10 minutes. Serve as a side or snack with applesauce or sour cream.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Jewish
Servings 4
Calories 150 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 10.6 Ounce box Trader Joe’s latkes (frozen potato pancakes) or about 8 latkes
  • Toppings as desired (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your air fryer to 380°F (or 375°F depending on your air fryer’s available settings) and remove frozen latkes from all packaging
    10.6 Ounce box Trader Joe’s latkes (frozen potato pancakes)
  • Place latkes in the preheated air fryer basket in a single layer, allowing some air space between them
  • Cook latkes on the air fry setting for 10 minutes at 380°F, pausing to flip them halfway through cooking, until heated through and golden brown
  • Serve with your favorite toppings, or plain alongside a main course
    Toppings as desired

Notes

  • While I’m making this recipe with Trader Joe’s latkes, you can swap in another brand of your preference for the same results! Try Kineret or Golden brand for an alternative
  • I’m serving up my latkes with the traditional cinnamon applesauce and sour cream with chives for a sweet and savory option. However, feel free to use your favorites!
  • There is no need to add any oil during cooking as frozen latkes are pre-cooked and already contain oil
  • If you prefer a darker brown exterior you can bump the temperature to 400°F and cook for 7-8 minutes instead
  • I recommend a spatula or tongs to help with flipping. They’re not incredibly delicate, but a fork can definitely cause pieces to break off
  • My Trader Joe’s frozen latkes were perfect after 10 minutes in a Ninja Dual Zone air fryer. I can fit 4-5 per basket (depending how many I’m cooking). Other air fryers may vary slightly
  • Exact nutritional values will vary based on brand of ingredients, sides and sauces, and quantity consumed, so please consider this a guideline only

Nutrition

Serving: 75gCalories: 150kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 4gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 390mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gIron: 0.72mg
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