March 1, 2022

Deruny (Ukrainian Potato Pancakes)

These are classic Ukrainian Potato Pancakes also called Deruny. Serve for breakfast, as an appetizer or side dish. We always serve these with sour cream for the best flavor. An easy recipe that takes around 30 minutes for the whole process!

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There are many varieties of potato pancakes that come with different names. In Ukraine they are prepared from finely grated potatoes and onions, along with eggs and salt. My mom always added a bit of baking soda as well to turn these into fluffy pancakes. These Ukrainian pancakes are called Deruny and are very popular among Ukrainian families.

Deruny are usually served as main no-meat dish either for breakfast or lunch, sometimes dinner. Even though these are delicious enough on their own, a lot of times they are served as a side dish for main dish or along with salad. My family always loved them with a dollop of sour cream.

What Tools or Appliance I Need to Make Deruny?

For as long as I remember, we always used grater with the star-shaped holes to make the yummy-tasting deruny. It does require some muscle especially if you’re cooking for bigger family and need to double or triple the serving.

One important advice to remember – use gloves when grating. It’s really easy to damage your fingers when grating onto star-shaped side of grater without gloves. (Talking from experience here 😀 )

Nowadays, there are many different appliances that people try to use to make this process slightly faster. But let me stop you there…those who always followed traditional way and one day decided to fasten the process, didn’t like the results. It was confirmed that the taste is not the same. It’s lacking that true, authentic deruny taste.

Hearing such feedback from so many people about the different results, I will just continue the traditional way! Save myself the headache!! In this recipe, it took me about 11-12 minutes to grate 4 large potatoes and 1 onion. I think that’s pretty good for the old-fashioned way, don’t you agree? 😀

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Why use Grapeseed Oil When Frying Potato Pancakes?

I love using grapeseed oil in cooking. It’s a bit on the pricier side, but it makes cooking tastier. When it comes to recipes like potato pancakes, I always use grapeseed oil or sunflower oil. Why? Both of these are healthier, light in taste and they don’t add any excess oily taste to pancakes. Deruny like to absorb the oil quite a bit when frying. When you use vegetable oil or canola oil, they tend to overpower the potatoes and leave that excess oily taste. I can always tell the difference and the pancakes are less enjoyable then (at least for me).

Ingredients for Ukrainian Potato Pancakes:

  • Large yukon potatoes
  • Small yellow onion
  • Large egg
  • All-purpose flour
  • Fine salt
  • Baking soda
  • Grapeseed oil for frying
  • Sour cream to serve

We had always used Yukon gold potatoes for Deruny. In fact, we always use gold potatoes. No one in our family likes russet or red potatoes in meals. Gold potatoes turn out better in texture and color and they don’t brown as quickly as russet. The only time we use russet potatoes are for baked potato wedges. Use regular yellow onion and not sweet. I add a teaspoon of fine salt which is the perfect amount for the amount of potatoes. You can also reduce the amount by half and they will turn out more bland, but with a dollop of sour cream – the taste is also perfection!

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How to Make Deruny:

  • Grate potatoes and onion
  • Stir in egg and dry ingredients (flour, salt and baking soda)
  • Heat a lightly oiled skillet over medium heat
  • Spoon pancake batter into skillet
  • Fry each side for few minutes until golden brown
  • Serve with sour cream

how to make deruny

Potato batter will be thick, but still liquid enough to spoon.

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Serve deruny warm with a dollop of sour cream.

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Deruny (Ukrainian Potato Pancakes)

5 from 11 votes
Servings: 16 pancakes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes

These are classic Ukrainian Potato Pancakes also called Deruny. Serve for breakfast, as an appetizer or side dish. Always serve with sour cream. An easy recipe that takes around 30 minutes for the whole process!



  1. Peel 4 large Yukon potatoes and 1 small yellow onion. Line a sieve with a large bowl so that potatoes will drain while you finish grating. Into a sieve, grate potatoes and onion onto the star-shaped hole on grater, taking turns. Onion juice will prevent potatoes from browning. Dispose most of the potato juice from bowl underneath the sieve, but do not wash the potato starch. Keep the potato starch and add the grated potatoes and onions to the bowl with starch.
  2. Add 3 tbsp all-purpose flour, 1 egg, 1 tsp fine salt and 1/4 tsp baking soda into the potato mixture. Mix well until incorporated. Potato batter will be thick, but still liquid enough to spoon.
  3. Heat 2-3 tbsp of grapeseed oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Spoon 1 heaping tablespoon of potato mixture to make pancakes, about 1” apart. Fry on each side until golden brown (about 3-4 mins each side). Repeat the same procedure for the remaining batter. Serve deruny warm with a dollop of sour cream.

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  • Dinah van der Maden

    Dear Olga, Thank you for posting your great recipes !
    I am in Holland (The Netherlands, Europe) and joining a Ukrainian dinnerparty on 9 April.
    Ik was asked to bring a Ukrainian potato dish and found your recipe for Deruny. Could I serve them cold (because I need to travel almost an hour to get to the party) or is that terribly wrong ?
    I suppose microwaving them is also not a good option, they will not remain crisp.
    Thank you in advance dor your expert Ukrainian advice ! Greetings from The Netherlands,

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      Hi! They taste much better warm. I usually reheat them on a low heat on the skillet, or you can keep them warm in the oven and wrap really good in several layers before heading out, starting with foil and add layers of towels or blankets (would be another option, like we do for mashed potatoes when we have church Thanksgiving dinner). You can also reheat them in the oven at low temp if there is a place to do that.

  • Kathy Boyd

    This recipe is delicious…My Baba always added a few garlic cloves (minced) into the batter along with the onions .After frying…she used to keep them warm in a pot or put them in the oven on low to thoroughly cook through.Yummy!Smachnoho!

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      Thank you for sharing that with us, Kathy! I’m glad you enjoyed this recipe 🙂

  • Rebecca

    These are seriously the best potato pancakes we’re ever tried. We made a double portion and it all was gone in minutes. The texture is amazing and these are so delicious.

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      That’s so awesome, Rebecca! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed this recipe!

  • Courtney

    Made these tonight. We loved them! Never had something like this. Will be having this more often. Great recipe! I love all the details you give. Makes it so much easier to cook!

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      Thank you for the wonderful review. Courtney! I’m glad you enjoyed these 🙂

  • Betty

    Can this recipie be put in the oven my grandfather used to make something similar but cooked it in the oven. I don’t have his recipie and am trying to duplicate it

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      Hi Betty! I never tried in the oven and I’m not sure how it would work. It’s possible you might end up with 1 giant potato pancake as it can spread during hot temperature. For oven, maybe would need more flour? I cannot really suggest much as I did not experiment myself. Something I will have to try sometime.

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      That’s so awesome Katie! I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe :).

  • Jullian

    These are phenomenal! The texture is mouthwatering and they are so easy. The grating part took like few mins, wasn’t hard to do at all. These are definitely going on my fave recipe list! Thanks Olga..I’m you biggest fan!!

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      Thank you Jullian for the wonderful review! So happy to hear my recipe made to a fave list 🙂 they are indeed yummy!

  • Zorene

    Just made this today and it’s awesome! This will be my new go to recipe. Thanks Olga!!

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for that wonderful review, Zorene!

  • Clara

    Loved these potato pancakes. We tripled the recipe and had for dinner last night. We all loved them. These are truly phenomenal. Definitely a keeper!!’

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      Thanks Clara! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe 🙂

  • April M.

    These pancakes are our staple for breakfast these past few months. They are always in demand and I cannot get enough of them. Yum

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      Thanks April, I’m glad you like these so much 🙂

  • Juliane Wonsul

    Please clarify what is the potato starch . Do you mean to add the grated onion and potato, back into the drained fluid?

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      Potato starch is the thicker stuff that’s in the liquid when you grate the potatoes. When you dispose the juice, the starch kind of stays in the bowl. You need to dispose the juice, but leave the thicker part of the liquid in the bowl and then add the grated potatoes and onion to the starch. Hope this helps! 🙂 (I’ll make sure to add a little note regarding the potato starch). Thanks 🙂

  • Nance

    Seriously the best breakfast I’ve ever made! I used my muscle to grate this and took turns with my sister lol but boy these turned out so good. Another great recipe from you.

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      Sounds like you both got the workout for the day 😀 I’m glad you liked these pancakes!! 🙂

  • Raven

    The fact that this is 30 minute meal is my favorite. It probably took me 20 minutes to make these, Kids loved these and I have a feeling these deruny will soon become the breakfast staple at our home. Thanks Olga!

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      Thanks Raven, it will definitely be a good breakfast staple recipe! 🙂

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