Patatas Bravas

Cooking methods: Boiling, fying (sauté)

  • PREPARATION TIME: 10 Minutes
  • COOKING TIME: 20 Minutes

Patatas Bravas is a traditional Spanish dish of fried potatoes served with a spicy tomato sauce. The source gives the dish its name. It translates as ‘fierce’ or ‘brave’ potatoes, or even ‘potatoes with a temper!


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • ½ tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp smoked, hot, Spanish paprika
  • 200g chopped tomatoes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 pinch of sugar
  • 1.5kg new potatoes, washed


1. Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a frying pan and cook the onion and garlic with the bay leaf over a low to medium heat for about 15 minutes, until the onions are soft and lightly coloured. 
2. Add the chilli flakes and smoked paprika and cook for a further couple of minutes. 
3. Add the tomatoes, with a pinch of sugar, and cook the sauce over a low heat for about 20 minutes, adding a little water if the sauce becomes completely dry.
4. Meanwhile, cook the potatoes in a pan of salted, boiling water until tender. Drain well, then return to the heat briefly to dry out.
5. Sauté the potatoes in a little oil until just coloured, then combine with the sauce and serve.

Suitable potato varieties

Salad, such as Charlotte or Maris Peer


  • Measuring spoons
  • 2 x frying pans
  • Wooden spoon
  • Vegetable knife
  • Chopping board
  • Large saucepan
  • Colander

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