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Polish Potato Cutlets Recipe [Kotlety Ziemniaczane]

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Polish kotlety ziemniaczane.

Kotlety Ziemniaczane are traditional Polish mashed potato cutlets that are often served with mushroom sauce. Easy to make at home these potato cutlets are perfect as a snack or side dish! 

What Is Kotlety Ziemniaczane – Polish Potato Cutlets Recipe?

Kotlety Ziemniaczane or Polish potato cutlets are made in almost every Polish home. When Poles started making them is anyone’s guess, but they’ve been around for a very long time. 

These traditional Polish cutlets can be made of plain potatoes, or with additives of fresh herbs, fried onions, farmer’s cheese, or chopped bacon. 

The easiest version is simply made with mashed potatoes, eggs and salt and pepper. Here’s how to make kotlety ziemniaczane!

How To Make Polish Potato Cutlets Recipe [Kotlety Ziemniaczane]

Step I – Cook And Mash The Potatoes

Cook peeled potatoes soft. Drain out the water and mash the potatoes with butter. Use a potato masher for best results.

Once the potato mixture is really smooth, add the salt, pepper, and eggs. This is where you can also add finely chopped fried onions or chopped fresh herbs if you like.

Allow the mixture to cool for a little while.

Boiled potatoes and butter in a pot.
Boiled potatoes and butter
Mashing the potatoes, butter and eggs.
Mashing the potatoes, butter and eggs
Potato mash in a pot.
Potato mash is ready

Step II – Form The Potato Cutlets

Take a bit of potato mix in your hand and form small cutlets. Coat the cutlets in breadcrumbs and fry in oil. Turn over so they get fried on both sides.

Use paper towels to drain the oil before serving.

Coating the potato mash with breadcrumbs.
Coat the potato mash with breadcrumbs
Coating the potato mash with breadcrumbs - other side.
The other side too!
Fry the potato cutlets.
Fry the potato cutlets in oil
Frying the other side of the potato cutlets.
Turnover and fry other side also!
Fry all the cutlets.
Fry all the cutlets in batches

Step III – Make The Mushroom Sauce

Fry a diced onion in oil. Slice or dice-washed mushrooms and fry with the onions till the water evaporates.

Add some heavy cream, salt, pepper, and mix. Fry for a few more minutes and it’s ready. Serve with the fried potatoes!

Cook the mushroom sauce.
Cook the mushroom sauce
Serve potato cutlets with mushroom sauce.
Serve potato cutlets with mushroom sauce

Tips For Making The Tastiest Polish Potato Cutlets!

  • Make sure the mash is very fine. Use a good quality potato masher.
  • If you wish you can add fried onion, grated Parmesan cheese, or chopped parsley or coriander to the potato mixture before frying. 
  • If you want meaty cutlets, add some finely chopped fried bacon to the cutlets. 
  • This dish is best made when you have leftover boiled potatoes. 
  • If you want to make it gluten-free, use panko instead of bread crumbs.
  • If you like this dish, you might also like the prazoki, kartacze, kopytka, or potato salad recipes.
Polish kotlety ziemniaczane with mushroom sauce in a blue plate.
Serve the kotlety ziemniaczane with mushroom sauce

FAQs About Polish Kotlety Ziemniaczane

Can I Use Raw Potatoes Without Boiling?

No, you cannot use raw potatoes as they will taste different. If you wish to save time, you can use prepare a store-bought mashed potato mixture and use that. 

Which Potatoes Should I Use To Make Polish Potato Cutlets?

You should use starchy potatoes such as Yukon Gold, Butter Potatoes, or Russet potatoes to make light an fluffy potato cutlets.

What If I Don’t Have A Potato Masher?

If you don’t have a potato masher, you can use your hand. You’ll end up with lumpy potatoes but they’ll still be usable. Another option is to use the food processor, which will give you a finer texture, but don’t run it for too long or they’ll become sticky/gummy. 

Do I Have To Use Mushroom Sauce?

No, it’s not essential to make mushroom sauce. You can skip the mushroom sauce and serve the potato cutlets with a good spread or cheese dip or even with some sour cream dip

How To Store Kotlety Ziemniaczane?

Store the kotlety ziemniaczane in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Or store in the freezer for 3 to 4 months. The mushroom sauce is best finished within 2 to 3 days because it contains cream. Do not store in the freezer or the texture will change!

Polish Potato Cutlets Recipe [Kotlety Ziemniaczane]

Yield: 6 servings

Polish Potato Cutlets Recipe (Kotlety Ziemniaczane)

Polish kotlety ziemniaczane.

Kotlety Ziemniaczane are traditional Polish mashed potato cutlets that are often served with mushroom sauce. Easy to make at home these potato cutlets are perfect as a snack or side dish! 

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


Potato cutlets

  • 2 lbs (900g) of potatoes
  • 1 tsp of butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • ½ tsp of pepper

Mushroom sauce

  • 1 lb (450g) of mushrooms
  • 1 big onion
  • 1 ½ cup of heavy cream
  • 2 tbsps of butter or clarified butter
  • salt, pepper


  • oil
  • breadcrumbs


How To Make The Potato Cutlets?

  1. Peel and cook potatoes until soft. Drain them.
  2. Mash potatoes with butter then allow to cool.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients for the cutlets and mix everything together until you get the smooth consistency (you may use a hand masher for that).
  4. Using your hand, form small cutlets, then coat each of them with breadcrumbs.
  5. Fry the cutlets in oil for about 3-5 minutes on each side.

How To Make The Mushroom Sauce?

  1. Peel and dice an onion, then fry it in oil.
  2. Wash the mushrooms then dice or slice them.
  3. Add mushrooms to the oil and fry for about 10 minutes until the water evaporates.
  4. Add heavy cream, salt, pepper, and mix.
  5. Fry for another 1-2 minutes.


You may add fried onions or fresh chopped herbs to enrich the taste of the cutlets. (Do this in Step 3.)

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 386Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 147mgSodium: 601mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 6g

These data are indicative and calculated by Nutritionix

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