Healthier Latkes
Healthier Latkes

Photo Credit

Jules Shepherd

This Recipe

  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Serves: 4 to 6
  • Start to Finish: 1 hour

Nutrition Facts

Amount per serving:
Total Calories: 196
  • 412mg Sodium
  • 33g Carbs
  • 6g Fiber
  • 7g Fat
  • 1g Saturated Fat
  • 5g Protein
  • 101mg Calcium
  • 2mg Iron

Using spaghetti squash slashes the carbs in latkes but maintains the texture you crave. While this recipe has a Mexican spin, you can easily swap out the chiles and chipotles for other herbs and spices. Don’t forget to serve with your favorite condiments.

Appropriate for: high-fiber, low-sugar, vegetarian diets


  • 1 medium (3 1/2 pounds) spaghetti squash
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 teaspoons diced green chiles
  • 1 to 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil



1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Pick squash with a fork, cut in half, and remove strings and seeds. Wrap cut side of each half in foil and lay cut-side-down on a baking sheet with enough water to cover the surface of the baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes or until fork-tender. (Skin will start to bubble a bit when it is totally done.) Remove from the oven and allow to sit until cool enough to handle.
2. Using a fork, comb through open sides of squash from top to bottom, creating “noodles.” Place noodles in a bowl and mix in egg, flour, chiles, chipotle pepper, salt, and pepper. (Mixture should hold together well, but drain in a colander if watery.)
3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Spoon heaping tablespoons of latke mixture into pan and gently flatten to approximately 3 inches in diameter. Fry until lightly browned, about 4 minutes per side.
4. Remove cooked latkes to a foil-lined baking sheet and keep warm in a 200-degree oven until ready to serve.

*To reheat later, use an oven or toaster oven, as a microwave will not keep latkes crisp.

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