Deruny - Ukrainian Potato Pancakes (Деруни)

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes
These potato pancakes have finely grated, raw potatoes and onion. It's a classic Ukrainian dish called Deruny. Our moms still make these deruny regularly.
Author: Natasha of
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $3
Servings: 6 -8


  • 5 medium size potatoes about 1.5 lb
  • 1 onion
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tbsp of all purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp of sour cream
  • 1 tsp of salt and pepper to taste
  • Cooking oil


Prep all the ingredients:

  1. Peel potatoes and onion:
  2. Take big bowl, grate potatoes and onion (on the star shaped grater), taking turns and mixing grated mixture. Onion juice will keep potatoes from browning.
  3. Add flour, egg, sour cream and mix it well, than add 1 tsp of salt and some black pepper, batter should be still liquid enough so you can easily ladle it.
  4. Warm up a skillet with 2-3 Tbsp of cooking oil over medium/high heat. Add 1 heaping Tbsp of mixture at a time to the skillet fry on one side until golden brown in color, then flip to other side and fry for the same amount of time. Repeat the same procedure for the rest of the batter.

Serve deruny warm, they are best with sour cream, enjoy.