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All Recipes, Tapas / March 26, 2021

Spanish Vinegar & Garlic Potatoes | Patatas al Ajo Cabañil Recipe

We´ve made a ton of potato dishes here on Spain on a Fork, but if you were to ask me which one to make? I would tell you to make these Spanish Vinegar & Garlic Potatoes. These potatoes are loaded with flavors, easy to make and done in just 30 minutes.

Spanish Vinegar & Garlic Potatoes
This potato dish hails from the region of Murcia in Southeastern Spain. Where they are known as Patatas al Ajo Cabañil. You can serve them as a tapas appetizer like they do in Murcia, or even as a side dish.

Spanish Vinegar & Garlic Potatoes
To make this dish I used new potatoes. I like to use waxy potatoes when I fry potatoes, as they have a slight crispy texture on the outside and the inside just melts in your mouth. However, to make this recipe, you can use any potatoes you like.

Spanish Vinegar & Garlic Potatoes
TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: To fry the potatoes I used a generous 1/2 cup (125 ml) extra virgin olive oil. Once the potatoes are fried you discard the oil. But by all means do not throw it away. You can reuse the olive oil for future recipes.

Spanish Vinegar & Garlic Potatoes

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Spanish Vinegar & Garlic Potatoes | Patatas al Ajo Cabañil Recipe

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 125 ml
  • 3 potatoes
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar 60 ml
  • 2 tbsp freshly chopped parsley 7.60 grams
  • sea salt & black pepper


  1. Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in a generous 1/2 cup (125 ml) extra virgin olive oil

  2. Meanwhile, peel, wash & pat dry 3 potatoes, then cut each potato into small 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) pieces

  3. After heating the olive oil for 6 to 7 minutes, it should be nice and hot but not smoking, add the potatoes into the pan, mix them around so they´re all coated in the olive oil, mix every 3 to 4 minutes

  4. While the potatoes are cooking make the vinegar & garlic sauce, roughly chop 5 cloves garlic and add into a mortar, along with 1/4 tsp (1.50 grams) sea salt, using a pestle pound down on the garlic & salt until you form a paste, then add in 1/4 cup (60 ml) white wine vinegar and 1 tbsp (3.80) freshly chopped parsley, mix together until well combined, set aside

  5. After frying the potatoes for 16 to 18 minutes they should be perfectly cooked, you can pierce one with a toothpick, if it easily goes in, they are ready to go, remove the pan from the heat and drain everything into a fine sieve with a bowl underneath, reserve the olive oil and use for future recipes

  6. Heat the same pan with a medium heat and add in the drained fried potatoes, season with sea salt & black pepper and mix, then add in the vinegar & garlic sauce and mix together, cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until the sauce has fully incorporated into the potatoes, then transfer into a serving dish and sprinkle with freshly chopped parsley, enjoy!

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  1. Kabe

    I know this is an older recipe, but I wanted to comment to share that I think I’ve made them twice a month since you posted it. They are seriously the PERFECT potato and a good side to just about everything – steaks, pork chops, tonight they’ll go with chicken piccata for a little mediterraean mash up diner …
    I use new baby potatoes whole. They’re DELIGHTFUL. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

    09 . Oct . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

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

      10 . Oct . 2023
  2. Griselda

    4 stars
    Just to underline the importance of using a non- stick frying pan. I don’t have one large enough, so tried my large cooker. Even with the amount of olive oil, the potatoes turned to mushy. Will get a proper pan!
    I took the mushed up potatoes, and broiled them in the oven. This made them more crispy. They did taste great in the end.

    07 . Aug . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Yes! Nonstick is so important!!! Glad you made it work out 🙂 Much love

      08 . Aug . 2022
  3. Takamok

    5 stars
    Made this with steak and red wine pan sauce. Total winner. Discovered your yt channel and have made a few dishes from there, all of them delicious. Can’t decide if this or the garlic one pan rice is my favourite. Thanks for sharing your Spanish cooking knowledge.

    11 . Jul . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      I am so happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 much love

      12 . Jul . 2021
  4. Karen Reynolds

    5 stars
    Incredibly tasty! Cannot wait to try additional recipes, my husband is Spanish and excited to enjoy more authentic dishes! Video was concise and very easy to follow! Thank you! Looking forward to membership extras!

    18 . May . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! much love Karen 🙂

      18 . May . 2021
  5. Missy

    5 stars
    These were delicious! Are they meant to stay crispy? Mine got quite soft but very tasty… I wonder if I could reduce the garlic and toss the sauce onto the hot potatoes instead of adding them back to the pan, and retain some of the crispiness? Either way, this is a winner- going into my regular rotation!

    10 . May . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      The potatoes are supposed to be soft, glad you enjoyed the dish! Much love 🙂

      11 . May . 2021
  6. Niallp

    Thanks Albert, Just had these for lunch. They were beautiful, am already looking to try more of your recipes.

    24 . Apr . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      I am so happy to hear that 🙂 Much love!

      24 . Apr . 2021
  7. Zuzana

    5 stars
    I just made these potatoes and they were absolutely delicious. Thank you so much for the recipe!

    27 . Mar . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

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

      27 . Mar . 2021
  8. Ramya

    will be making this soon perfect for my after office snacks sorry for early comment as am in SIngapore will dm you if i make this and let you know how it goes Thanks Ramya

    26 . Mar . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      Thanks for the comment Ramya! much love 🙂

      26 . Mar . 2021

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