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Flavorful Patatas Bravas

Rinku Bhattacharya
Dive into a beautiful recipe for classic tapas. Served with a smooth aioli, patatas bravas spiced and so comforting, perfect for a winter day.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Appetizer, Side
Cuisine Spanish


For the Potatoes

  • 3 medium sized potatoes such as Yukon Golds
  • Oil for frying

For the aioli

  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

For the Quick and Spicy Tomato Sauce

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium white onion diced
  • 2 to 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon powdered cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 4 medium sized very ripe tomatoes coarsely chopped
  • 1 large spicy red cayenne pepper chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Lots of cilantro or parsley to garnish


  • Boil the potatoes in plenty of water for about 10 minutes, until somewhat soft but not cooked through. Remove the skin and cut into cubes and dry thoroughly.
  • In the meantime, mash the garlic clove and mix with the lemon juice and beat in the egg yolk and salt. Mix in the olive oil a few drops at a time and beat well, but do not over beat. Continue this process with patience, until the mixture thickens and gets a rich and creamy sauce like texture.
  • Add in just enough oil to let the mixture emulsify, and set aside. This dish does not need a very thick aioli.
  • Once the aioli is done, heat the olive oil for the tomato sauce and add in the white onion and minced garlic and cook for five to seven minutes until the onion is soft and beginning to turn pale golden.
  • Add in the powdered cumin, smoked paprika and the tomatoes, cayenne pepper and the salt and cook for 8 minutes. Stir in the water and cook for 3 to 4 minutes and set aside.
  • Set the sauce aside.
  • Place about 2 inches of oil for frying in a skillet, and heat for about 5 minutes. Add in the cubed potatoes and fry until crisp and golden.
  • To serve and assemble, place a little of the tomato sauce on the plate, add the crisp potatoes over the tomato sauce.
  • Drizzle with the aioli and garnish with the cilantro or parsley and enjoy!