How to Prepare Patatas Bravas

“Patatas Bravas” (Brave Potatoes) is one of the signature dishes in Madrid. Almost every bar in the Spanish capital offer this delicious specialty which has become one of the favorite tapas of “madrileños”. When you try “Patatas Bravas” for the first time, you cannot forget the slightly spicy flavor of the sauce. After every bite you need more and more!

How to prepare Patatas bravas
Patatas Bravas in Madrid | Image credits: OgoTours

Despite being a simple dish, it’s not easy to find a genuine “Patatas Bravas”. According to experts, the secret´s in the sauce. In OgoTours we give you the keys that you need to cook a genuine “Patatas Bravas” at home just like in Madrid.

Ingredients to Prepare Patatas Bravas:

  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 10 tbsp (150 ml) olive oil
  • 2/3 cup (80 grams) flour
  • 2 cups (1/2 liter) water
  • 1 dash of white wine
  • 1 (“Guindilla”) dried chilli, seeded and chopped
  • 1 tsp “Pimenton dulce” or sweet paprika
  • Salt
  • 5 medium potatoes
Prepare patatas bravas
Pimentón, or smoked paprika, is the ingredient that makes bravas sauce spicy | Image credits: Baba de Caracol (Flickr / C.C.)

Method to Cook Patatas Bravas

-Heat the olive oil in a pan, add the garlic and fry for 1-2 minutes.

-When the garlic goes slightly golden, add the flour and cook for 1-2 minutes.

-Add the “guindilla” (dried chilli) and sweet paprika and cook for 2-3 minutes.

-Add water and white wine.

-Cook over low heat until sauce thickens.

-While the sauce is ready, peel the potatoes and cut into wedges.

-Fry in plenty of olive oil. TRICK! At first, fry the potatoes over low heat, after several minutes increase the heat. Thus, potatoes will be tender inside and crunchy on the outside.

-When the sauce is thick, blend it and add salt if necessary.

-Serve the potatoes and spread the sauce over them.

IMPORTANT! Despite what many people think, brave sauce is made without tomato. The red color is due to the paprika.

Where to eat genuine Patatas Bravas in Madrid

According to an urban legend, Patatas Bravas were invented in Madrid in the 60s. As you can imagine, today it is almost impossible to ascertain this theory.

The place par excellence in Madrid to enjoy a delicious “Patatas Bravas” is the bar “Las Bravas”. They have even patented the sauce which has become a secret as mysterious as the secret of Coca Cola. They run three restaurants in the Old Town which is great for tourists. More info www.lasbravas.com

Another place famous for their “Patatas Bravas” is “Docamar” (www.docamar.com) but the only downside is that this bar is located a little bit far away from the centre (address: Calle Alcala 337).

where to eat patatas bravas in Madrid
Where to eat Patatas Bravas in Madrid? Bar Las Bravas is one of our favourite choices to try a genuine patatas bravas in Madrid | Image credits: OgoTours
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About Javier

Hola! My name is Javier Redondo, tour guide in Madrid for more than 8 years.
As a good "Madrileño", I love football (I support Atlético de Madrid), eating tapas and walk the cobblestone streets of old Madrid 🙂

This Madrid blog is where I share tips on popular attractions, local food and off-beat spots.

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