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Patatas Bravas with Allioli

Recipe for Catalan style Patatas Bravas with Allioli (aioli). Patatas Bavas are crisp potatoes fried in duck fat with a spicy pepper sauce and creamy garlic allioli.
Course Appetizer, Sides
Cuisine Spanish
Level Intermediate
Main Ingredient Potato, Vegetable
Diet Gluten-Free, Low Sugar
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


for allioli

  • 6 cloves garlic finely grated
  • 1 egg yolk (from pasteurized egg)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon honey
  • ½ cups olive oil

for patatas bravas

  • 4 yukon gold potatoes (cut into irregular 1/2" chunks)
  • ½ cup duck fat (or more if you have it)
  • pimentón (smoked paprika)
  • cayenne pepper
  • sea salt (maldon or flor de sal work well)


  • To make the Allioli, put the garlic, egg yolk, lemon juice, and honey in a bowl and whisk together. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil while whisking until you have a thick pale yellow emulsion.
  • Thoroughly dry the cut up potatoes using paper towels. Heat the duck fat in a heavy bottomed pan over medium heat until about 350 degrees F. I only had about half a cup of duck fat left, but if you have more fat, your potatoes will fry faster and you won't have to flip them. Put the potatoes in the oil and fry, stirring occasionally until they have just a hint of colour on the exterior. Transfer them to the paper towel lined rack and let them cool for a minute. This step removes the excess water near the surface of the potato, allowing them to crisp on the second fry.
  • Put the potatoes back in the hot oil. If you are shallow frying, leave the potatoes undisturbed until you can see the edges turning golden brown. Flip the potatoes over using tongs and brown the other side. When they're brown and crisp all over, transfer to a paper towel lined rack.
  • Pile the potatoes on a plate and sprinkle with pimentón, cayenne pepper, and sea salt. Drizzle with olive oil, then put a few dollops of allioli on top of your patatas bravas. Serve with some toothpicks.