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How to make potato broccoli cakes

Shredded potato broccoli cakes with cheddar are a tasty and easy lunch or side dish. This potato recipe is perfect for making ahead. Stock the freezer with half of the batch for busy weeks when you need a quick meal.

potato broccoli cakes on white plate with sour cream and chives

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Potato Veggie Cakes

Savoury potato cakes with broccoli are a great make-ahead lunch. With ever-changing schedules, we could all use a quick, easy and healthy lunch option.

potato cakes with sour cream and chives on white plate

This recipe makes 30 small potato and broccoli cakes. You can make a full batch and freeze half for later, which is what I do. There are only two of us, so I freeze small bundles to pull out as needed.

How to make Potato and Broccoli Cakes

Broccoli potato cakes are quite easy to make and if you have kids in the house, this is a perfect opportunity to get them involved.

The only task that requires a bit of effort is grating the potatoes and rinsing them. Soaking the shredded potatoes helps to remove some of the starch so our potato cakes aren’t “gluey”.

I shred the potatoes by hand because I prefer the way the box grater shreds them. The food processor makes short pieces and by hand, I can get longer shreds which hold a nice shape.

shredded potatoes and broccoli in bowl with scoop

The food processor is perfect for shredding the broccoli in no time at all and the rest is simply mixing and scooping.

Once the broccoli mixture is ready to go, toss in the shredded potatoes that have been rinsed and squeezed dry.

Mix to combine thoroughly and fry the cakes. My preferred pan for these is a cast iron skillet – it makes the crispiest cakes and cooks evenly.

frying potato veggie cakes

I used a 1.25 ounce scoop to make my potato broccoli cakes and the recipe made 30. This is the scoop that I use for almost everything. It’s the perfect size for everything from veggie cakes to cookies.

If you use something either larger or smaller, keep in mind that your yield will vary slightly, as will the cooking times.

potato and broccoli cakes with blue napkin

Another delicious option for these potato patties is breakfast! These potato vegetable cakes are similar to hash browns, so top them with an egg for a tasty way to start your day.

Potato Recipes

Potato side dishes are a staple in our house, as I’m sure they are in yours. From oven roasted potatoes to cheesy mashed potatoes, we have potatoes on our table at least once a week.

overhead view of broccoli and shredded potato cakes

If you find yourself in a rut and in need of a little potato-inspiration, here are a few more of our favorite potato recipes:

Still looking for more? You can find additional recipes in my veggie cake e-book!

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Shredded potato broccoli cakes

Cheryl Bennett
Easy and delicious potato broccoli cakes are a great make-ahead lunch or side dish.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 30 cakes
Calories 301 kcal


  • 8 ounces fresh broccoli about 3 cups
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon granulated onion
  • 2 ½ lbs. Idaho® Russet potatoes washed (4 or 5 medium)
  • 4 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 eggs whisked
  • 4 tablespoons oil/butter/ghee


  • Shred broccoli in food processor and place in medium/large bowl.
  • Add panko, baking powder, salt, pepper, granulated garlic and granulated onion to broccoli. Toss to combine and set aside.
  • Grate potatoes on the largest holes of a box grater and place in a bowl of cold water. Rinse the potatoes, drain the water and rinse once more with clean water.
  • Place the shredded potatoes on a clean kitchen towel to drain, then wrap up and squeeze any remaining water out of the potatoes.
  • Add shredded potatoes, shredded cheddar and whisked eggs to the breadcrumb mixture.
  • Toss to thoroughly combine mixture, making sure to break up any clumps of potato.
  • Heat 1 – 2 tablespoons oil in a medium pan over medium heat.
  • Scoop 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of mixture and drop into pan. Lightly flatten and cook for 5 – 6 minutes per side.
  • Remove from pan to a paper towel lined baking sheet.
  • Repeat until mixture is gone, adding remaining oil to pan as needed.


To freeze: wrap tightly in plastic wrap and freeze in small portions.
To reheat: place in 350°F oven for 20 – 25 minutes.


Serving: 3cakesCalories: 301kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 10gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 657mgFiber: 4gSugar: 2g
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  1. Thank you for this recipe; I followed it to a ‘T’, shredding the potatoes. The potato cakes turned out perfectly!

    1. Hi Liane 🙂 Thank you so much for the lovely comment! I’m so happy you liked them and found the recipe easy to follow!

  2. These were really good and pretty easy because I used already shredded potatoes (Idaho Spuds hash browns in a box). The family ate it up.Could have been more cheesy though.
    Also, could these be baked instead?

  3. I want to add these to this week’s meal plan, they look so delicious! Is that a dollop of sour cream or creme fresche on top?

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