These fried potatoes are fiercely textured, fiercely flavored, fiercely presented, and fiercely enjoyed. How fierce is really up to you and your inner Spaniard. There are as many patatas bravas recipes as homes in Spain, and this is nothing more than my latest rendition.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine garlic, 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, and a pinch of salt in a mortar and pestle or food processor; process until smooth. Mix in mayonnaise, sherry vinegar, tomato paste, 1/4 teaspoon chipotle chile powder, and cayenne pepper until combined. Cover and refrigerate dipping sauce.

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  • Mix 1 tablespoon salt, black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, and 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chile powder together in a small bowl. Set spice blend aside.

  • Pour water into a large saucepan and stir 1 tablespoon salt, 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, cumin, and bay leaves into water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and cover; simmer for 10 minutes.

  • Stir potatoes into water-paprika mixture, bring to a boil, and simmer until potatoes are tender but not fully cooked, 4 to 5 minutes. The tip of a paring knife should easily insert into the center of a potato cube. Drain potatoes and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, about 45 minutes.

  • Heat vegetable oil in a large cast iron skillet or Dutch oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Add cooled potato cubes and cook, stirring frequently, until golden brown, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer potatoes to a baking sheet lined with paper towels to cool slightly. Toss in a bowl with spice blend and serve with dipping sauce.

Editor's Note:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the salt used in the cooking liquid and spice mix. The actual amount of the salt consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

678 calories; protein 5.6g 11% DV; carbohydrates 43.3g 14% DV; fat 55.3g 85% DV; cholesterol 20.9mg 7% DV; sodium 3885.4mg 155% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2012
WOW muy delicioso! My fiance and I really enjoyed these patatas bravas! I was drooling waiting for them to finish that's how amazing the kitchen smelled;) Followed the recipe verbatim it was quite simple. I especially loved the dipping sauce (any excuse to use my mortar and pestle!!). Thanks John for sharing your recipe! Fierce! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/22/2014
So I doubled this recipe so maybe it was a bit off. But it was WAY too salty. I would not put a tablespoon of salt. Maybe it is a misprint? I could see a teaspoon but definitely not a tablespoon. Luckily it goes in at the end so I was able to shake a bit off. Would have been good without the extreme salt. Read More
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71 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 57
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2012
WOW muy delicioso! My fiance and I really enjoyed these patatas bravas! I was drooling waiting for them to finish that's how amazing the kitchen smelled;) Followed the recipe verbatim it was quite simple. I especially loved the dipping sauce (any excuse to use my mortar and pestle!!). Thanks John for sharing your recipe! Fierce! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2013
Fantastic! Marvelous! Delicious! As soon as I saw this recipe I knew my boyfriend would go absolutely crazy for them so I made them for our Valentine's dinner. I made the sauce and the spice mix the night before which worked out wonderfully on the busy day. I followed this to the letter and I wouldn't change a thing about them- the flavor combination is out of this world the spice level is just about perfect the crispy crunchy exterior is the perfect housing for the tender potato within. The sauce is just lovely and would be wonderful on many things. I debated on buying yet another vinegar but am so happy I did not try to substitute anything else for the sherry vinegar- it is worth it to buy yourself a bottle if you don't keep it on hand. My boyfriend thinks me a kitchen super star- we devoured these with gusto! Thanks Chef John! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/01/2014
These are fabulous! I followed the recipe to the T. Now I know the secret to crispy fried potatoes. A few tips: 1. Make the dipping sauce first (even a day ahead) and let it sit to marry flavors. 2. You can cook the potatoes ahead of time. Just make sure they are dry when you put in oil. 3. Taste the fried potatoes as you add the seasoning after frying. I did not use all of the seasoning mixture to avoid over-saltiness. This recipe is authentic and the sauce tastes just like I had in Barcelona and all over Catalonia. No stars for healthiness but 5 starts for taste. YUM! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2014
If I can do it you can do it lol! I have now made this recipe 3 times for my girlfriend she loves this recipe! On the spicy side which I love (her not so much). I've learned to also do steps 3 and 4 first then step 1 and 2 then step 5. In my opinion it makes more sense to do steps 1 and 2 while the potatoes go through their 45 min cool down. Overall though it's delicious and I plan on making this for some time to come!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2013
Great potatoes that taste like what you get in Spain! This recipe was easy to follow but it was time consuming. Next time I'll make the sauce and boil the potatoes the night before so that I only have to fry and season them when I'm cooking dinner. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/22/2014
So I doubled this recipe so maybe it was a bit off. But it was WAY too salty. I would not put a tablespoon of salt. Maybe it is a misprint? I could see a teaspoon but definitely not a tablespoon. Luckily it goes in at the end so I was able to shake a bit off. Would have been good without the extreme salt. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/06/2013
Amazing! Perfect crisp! I had no idea the secret was in letting the potatoes sit out. Perfectly seasoned I'm in love. I now follow Chef John and have his blog saved in my favorites! Ever recipe is gold! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/17/2013
Holy! These were FABULOUS and so easy to make! I made them as a side dish for a dinner party with some of my husband's family and everyone loved them so much I ended up having to make them again 2 days later! Thanks so much for this awesomely crunchy recipe! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
10/22/2015
This rating is just for the dipping sauce, as I used a different recipe for the potatoes. The sauce was pretty awful, and tasted mostly like mayonnaise. I much prefer the combination of homemade aioli and salsa brava for patatas braves. Read More
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