how to make patatas bravas sauce | Family Cuisine

Patatas bravas sauce is a Spanish tapas dish made of fried potatoes cut into small cubes, seasoned with paprika and garlic, then served with a tomato-based sauce.

Patatas bravas is one of the most popular tapas from Spain. This simple, yet delicious tapa is traditionally made with fried potatoes topped with a spicy sauce.

pouring bravas sauce on to a plate of potatoes to make patatas bravas a traditional tapa from Spain

If you’ve been following us for a while, you already know that we grew up in Barcelona and live in the US. We have enjoyed our fair share of tapas, but our favorite, without a doubt, is patatas bravas.

This was one of the first recipes we posted on this blog, back in 2012. It was one of our most popular posts, so we’re bringing it back! New pics, same awesome recipe.

Step by step images on how to make patatas bravas

  1. Start with some chopped potatoes. We use our favorite variety, Yukon Gold
A pile of chopped potatoes on a wood cutting board

2. Combine the potatoes in a bowl with olive oil and salt and toss well until evenly coated

Mixing raw chopped potatoes with olive oil and salt in a a glass bowl.

3. Spread on a single layer in a large baking sheet, lined with parchment paper

Spreading raw potatoes in a large baking sheet lines with parchment paper

4. Bake until tender and lightly golden

Baked chopped potatoes on a baking sheet ready for patatas bravas

5. Make the sauce, see steps below. Pour sauce over the warm cooked potatoes

How to make a traditional Bravas Sauce for Patatas Bravas

  • Saute garlic and onion in olive oil
  • Add tomato paste or tomato sauce
  • Add broth (usually meat-based )
  • Add sweet or smoked paprika or a combination of both
  • Add heat from hot sauce
  • In many places, a garlic mayo (Aioli) is also added before serving the patatas bravas

Through some recipe testing we figured our a way to simplify the process and still get an amazing result. We changed things around and made a quicker and simpler recipe that our family really enjoys, even more than the traditional bravas sauce.

Changes we made to the traditional Patatas Bravas recipe:

  • We roasted the potatoes instead of frying them
  • We started with a vegan mayo base, a quick tip to achieve instant creaminess
  • Added a pinch of garlic powder for extra flavor
  • Kept the Hot sauce to taste for spice and tanginess

This patatas bravas recipe is super simple, flavorful and satisfying. Another great thing about it? You can take the basic recipe and modify it however you like it. Use regular mayo, if you prefer; add more hot sauce if you like it really spicy; or fry the potatoes instead of baking them for extra crunch.


Serve the patatas bravas with any of these other Spanish tapas:

  • Gazpacho,
  • Pan con tomate,
  • Spring onions with Romesco Sauce,
  • Tortilla de Patatas,
  • Espinacas a la Catalana,
  • Fideua
  • Montadito de tortilla de berengenas
  • Membrillo
  • Lemon Scented Almond Milk Custard
  • Romesco
  • Invite some friends over, make some sangria and make it a real Spanish night! Oh, and most importantly, don’t forget to have lots of fun 🙂



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