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All Recipes, Tapas / January 19, 2022

Seriously GOOD Spanish Potatoes | Southern-Style Andalusian Recipe

These Southern-Style Spanish Potatoes, known as Patatas a la Andaluza, are packed with flavors, easy to make and done in just 45 minutes. Serve them as a tapas appetizer or even as a side dish, next to some pan grilled fish and a tomato salad.

Southern-Style Spanish Potatoes
What makes these potatoes stand out from the rest, is the thickener that is used. Made with a slice of baguette, garlic, almonds & saffron. Not only does this thicken the liquid the potatoes are cooked in, but it also gives them the most beautiful flavor.

Southern-Style Spanish Potatoes
To make this recipe, I used new potatoes. You want to use potatoes here that are more waxy than starchy. That way when you boil the potatoes, they hold their shape and won´t fall apart.

Southern-Style Spanish Potatoes

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: It took me about 25 minutes to fully cook the potatoes through, but every pan and stove heats differently. So keep and eye on the potatoes at the 20 minute point. You want them cooked al dente. If you over cook them, they will get mushy.

Southern-Style Spanish Potatoes

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Southern-Style Spanish Potatoes | Patatas a la Andaluza

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 324 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 60 ml
  • 3 medium sized potatoes 3/4 lbs / .35 kilograms
  • 1 slice baguette
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup blanched almonds 36 grams
  • 1/4 tsp saffron threads .17 grams
  • 3 cups cold water 710 ml
  • 1/3 cup frozen peas 50 grams
  • handful finely chopped parsley
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

  2. After 2 minutes, add in 1 slice baguette (1 inch / 2.50 cm thick), 4 cloves garlic (skins removed) and 1/4 cup blanched almonds, mix the garlic & almonds continuously, after 4 minutes and the garlic & almonds are lightly sauteed and the slice of baguette golden fried on both sides, remove the pan from the heat, transfer the ingredients into a mortar, making sure to reserve the olive oil in the pan

  3. Add in 2 tbsp (8 grams) finely chopped parsley into the mortar, 1/4 tsp saffron threads and a pinch of sea salt, using a pestle, pound down on the ingredients until you form a paste, you can also use a food processor for this step, set aside

  4. Cut 3 potatoes (peeled, washed & patted dry), each one into small 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) thick pieces

  5. Heat the same pan with the reserved olive oil with a medium-high heat, after 2 minutes add in the pieces of potato, mix with the olive oil and lightly fry for 4 minutes, then add in the almond & garlic mixture and season with sea salt & black pepper, add in enough cold water to just cover the ingredients, it was 3 cups (710 ml) in my case, give it a mix and bring to a boil, then place a lid on the pan and lower to a low-medium heat

  6. After 20 to 25 minutes and the potatoes are fully cooked through, remove the lid, you can always pierce the potatoes with a toothpick to ensure they´re cooked through, then add in 1/3 cup frozen peas, gently mix together and place the lid back on the pan, go for another 2 minutes, then remove from the heat

  7. Transfer into a serving dish and sprinkle with finely chopped parsley, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Get the Saffron Threads I used to make this recipe

Nutrition Facts
Southern-Style Spanish Potatoes | Patatas a la Andaluza
Amount Per Serving
Calories 324 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 13g
Sodium 70mg3%
Potassium 775mg22%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 96IU2%
Vitamin C 37mg45%
Calcium 58mg6%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. cheryl tebbutt

    well, looks delicious. I have written it all down . next I will make the food for myself.without the Saffron which is terribly expensive. why? it is from Iran.

    21 . Jan . 2022
  2. Gisela Kistner

    Another wonderful Spanish recipe that is so easy to make. Gracias por todas las recetas excelentes.

    20 . Jan . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Much love 🙂

      21 . Jan . 2022
  3. Ramya

    Will be making this soon i never had spanish potatoes before perfect for my office snacks will dm you if i make this and let you know how it goes Thanks Ramya

    19 . Jan . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya! Much love 🙂

      19 . Jan . 2022

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