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All Recipes, Tapas / July 29, 2022

Spanish Patatas en Adobillo | Garlic Potatoes in an Irresistible Sauce

These Spanish Garlic Potatoes, known as Patatas en Adobillo, are packed with so much garlic goodness, they´re super easy to make and done in about 30 minutes. The perfect potato dish for any meal of the day.

Garlic Potatoes
This recipe hails from the region of Andalucia in the south of Spain. It´s typically served as a tapas appetizer, but you can certainly serve it as a side dish. Either next to some Spanish eggs or even some pan grilled salmon.

Garlic Potatoes
To make this dish, I left the skins on the potatoes. As it keeps more of the nutrients in the potatoes and gives the dish that classic rustic flavor. However, if you prefer, you can peel the potatoes.

Garlic Potatoes

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: What flavors these potatoes is the garlic & sherry vinegar sauce. Made with just garlic, bread, paprika, cumin and sherry vinegar. I used a pestle & mortar to mix all the ingredients, but you can also use a food processor.

Garlic Potatoes

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Garlic Potatoes
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Spanish Patatas en Adobillo | Garlic Potatoes in an Irresistible Sauce

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 125 ml
  • 3 potatoes
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 slice baguette 1 inch (2.50 cm) thick
  • 1 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 2.30 grams
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin 1 gram
  • 1 tbsp sherry vinegar 15 ml
  • 1 cup water 240 ml
  • handful fresh parsley
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Wash & pat dry the potatoes, then cut each one into 1/4 inch (.635 cm) thick rounds, remove the skins from the cloves of garlic and finely chop the slice of baguette

  2. Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

  3. After 1 minute add in the cloves of garlic, mix continuously, after a couple minutes and the cloves of garlic are lightly browned, remove them from the pan and transfer into a mortar, set aside

  4. Using the same pan with the same heat, add in the slices of potato, all in a single layer, cook in batches, fry between 4 to 5 minutes per side or until golden fried, as you finish each batch, transfer the fried potatoes over a wire rack, once again in a single layer

  5. Meanwhile, add the finely chopped slice of baguette into the mortar with the fried garlic, along with 1 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika, 1/2 tsp ground cumin, sea salt & black pepper, using a pestle pound down on the mixture until you form a paste, then add in 1 tbsp sherry vinegar, mix together and set aside

  6. Once all the potatoes have been fried, season them with sea salt & black pepper

  7. Drain the olive oil in the pan and discard for the rest of the recipe

  8. Heat the same pan with a medium heat and add in the garlic mixture, along with 1 cup of water, mix continuously, once it comes to a boil and the liquid has slightly thickened, add in the slices of fried potato, in a circular design and all in a flat layer, then lower to a low heat and simmer, gently shaking the pan once in a while

  9. After 4 to 5 minutes and the sauce has really thickened and incorporated into the potatoes, remove the pan from the heat, sprinkle with finely chopped parsley, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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  1. DavidF

    Albert … Please include pictures on your mailouts, because I wouldn’t have to click and waste time coming here. Be nicer to just see in emails if it is something that I’d like to cook. Please, really consider this, because you’d get more clicks.

    29 . Jul . 2022
  2. Donna Sue

    5 stars
    Delicious. Serving it with petroleum sole and a nice glass of white wine.

    29 . Jul . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds amazing!! Much love 🙂

      29 . Jul . 2022
  3. Ramya

    cant wait to make this soon for me i never had spanish patatas en adobillo before perfect for my office snacks love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    29 . Jul . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Thanks for the comment Ramya!! Much love 🙂

      29 . Jul . 2022

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