Patatas Bravas, my style

I do like tapas, but as a veggie you often have a limited choice, mainly with a potato or rice theme – and if you’re at a restaurant with meat eaters everyone wants to try your dishes but it’s not a reciprocal arrangement!

However, I am partial to Patatas Bravas – you can’t really beat spicy fried potatoes! This is my version – probably wholly inauthentic, but I think the combinations work, and it has to be good to roast rather than fry the potatoes. If anyone has a blinding recipe out there, please let me know – maybe it could be the start of a cook off!!

Patatas Bravas (dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, sesame-free, soya-free, peanut-free, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan)


serves 4, or more in a tapas selection

  • 400g potatoes
  • olive oil
  • 200ml passata/chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 onion or 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • salt and pepper
  • parsley to garnish

– Chop the potatoes into small cubes, toss in olive oil, a dusting of smoked paprika and seasoning. Roast in a hot oven (220 degrees Centigrade/Gas Mark 6) for about an hour, tossing a few times, until golden and crispy.

– Meanwhile, fry off the onion/shallots in olive oil until translucent. Add the smoked paprika and cook out briefly.

– Stir in the passata/chopped tomatoes and the vinegar. Season.

– Turn the heat to low and cook gently for ten or so minutes.

– Once the potatoes are cooked, remove from the oven. Pour over the sauce and give it a quick stir.

– Serve straight away before the potatoes go soggy!

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Welcome. I'm a Cordon Bleu trained chef and mother with a passion for cooking vegetarian food. All recipes featured here are dairy, egg, and nut-free, thus 'accidentally' vegan, as my children are allergic to those. My aim is to recreate any dish, even what seems impossible, but free of the ingredients we can't have, and log my exploits here. Please browse what is now several hundred recipes. All the recipes posted (unless stated) are my own creations.

5 thoughts on “Patatas Bravas, my style

  1. Hear, hear to your tapas comment! It’s not my favourite restaurant choice for those reasons.

    Definitely trying your recipe, though – paprika and potatoes are two of my favourite things!

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