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Patatas Bravas that will Transport you to Spain | Easy & Healthy Recipe

You have to say, patatas bravas are one of Spain´s most iconic tapas dishes. So simple yet so delicious. In this recipe, I´m going to show you how to make a healthier version of the classic recipe. Now, just because this recipe is healthier, doesn´t mean it lacks in flavor. In-fact, these patatas bravas are so good, with one taste, your tastebuds will be instantly transported to Spain.

Patatas Bravas
What makes these patatas bravas healthier than the traditonal recipe, is that we´re roasting the potatoes instead of frying them. And we´re also using just 1 tablespoon of olive oil for the entire recipe, while the original recipe calls for at least 1 cup.

Patatas Bravas
The secret to giving the roasted potatoes that fried like texture, is to soak the cut potatoes in water for 30 minutes. This helps remove some of the starch in the potatoes. That way when they´re roasted, they have a crispy texture and a melt in your mouth interior.

Patatas Bravas

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: I used new potatoes in this recipe, but you can use any waxy potato you like. To make the spicy garlic mayonnaise, I used low fat mayo. Just to make this recipe even healthier. To veganize this recipe, just use your favorite vegan mayonnaise.

Patatas Bravas

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5 from 6 votes

Patatas Bravas that will Transport you to Spain | Easy & Healthy Recipe

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 199 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 3 medium sized potatoes
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 15 ml
  • 1/2 cup low-fat mayonnaise 115 grams
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp lemon juice 5 ml
  • 1/2 tsp hot smoked Spanish paprika 1.15 grams
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper
  • handful finely chopped parsley


  1. Cut 3 medium sized potatoes (peeled, washed & patted dry) into small pieces that are 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) thick

  2. Add the cut potatoes into a large bowl and fill with cold water, just enough to cover the potatoes, let them sit for at least 30 minutes

  3. After 30 minutes drain the potatoes into a colander and rinse the potatoes under cold running water, then transfer the potatoes over a dishcloth and pat completely dry

  4. Add the potatoes into a large bowl, along with 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil and season with sea salt & black pepper, toss together until well mixed

  5. Line a baking tray with parchment paper, add the potatoes, all in a single layer, add into a preheated oven, bake + broil option (bottom + top heat), 210 C - 410 F

  6. Meanwhile, add 1/2 cup low-fat mayonnaise into a bowl, finely grate in 2 cloves garlic, add 1 tsp fresh lemon juice, 1/2 tsp hot smoked paprika and season with sea salt & black pepper, whisk together until well mixed and set aside

  7. After about 45 minutes, remove the potatoes from the oven, transfer into a serving dish, add the spicy garlic mayonnaise over the potatoes and sprinkle with finely chopped parsley, enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Patatas Bravas that will Transport you to Spain | Easy & Healthy Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 199 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 4mg1%
Sodium 217mg9%
Potassium 558mg16%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 145IU3%
Vitamin C 26mg32%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Heather

    5 stars
    These were incredible!! Will be making them again and again! Thanks for posting this recipe!

    07 . Mar . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Much love 🙂

      07 . Mar . 2023
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  3. Jen

    5 stars
    Absolutely a fantastic recipe for patatas bravas!! I’ve made this one a couple times and all I can say is WOW, will always use this recipe. Thank you for a wonderful recipe.

    16 . Feb . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 much love

      17 . Feb . 2022
  4. Vic

    5 stars
    My daughter is learning Spanish at school so I am searching up Spanish food recipes to keep her interested in the culture. Thank you.

    27 . Sep . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great! Much love 🙂

      27 . Sep . 2021
  5. Stephen

    5 stars
    I’m glad that you’re presenting recipes that are calorie and fat reduced. I made this recipe last night using my air fryer and instead of any oil, I sprayed the pan with cooking spray and then sprayed the potatoes with cooking spray as well. The spray I used has 0 calories and 0 fat. I followed the rest of the recipe exactly and it was wonderful. It was an excellent side dish for a rotisserie chicken that I had also made in my electric cooker. Thanks again.

    23 . Sep . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Much love 🙂

      23 . Sep . 2021
  6. Catalina Castillo Maley

    5 stars
    Me encantan todas las recetas. Mi familia es de España y para nuestra familia en EE.UU. es importante la la cocina española. ¡Mil gracias!

    22 . Sep . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      Un saludo!

      23 . Sep . 2021
  7. laurelie campeau

    5 stars
    Wow! What a great recipe and so easy! I made the mistake of parboiling the potatoes but that did not see to affect the outcome, I just roasted them for less time.

    22 . Sep . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great! Much love 🙂

      23 . Sep . 2021

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