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Fried Potatoes – German Style

German Fried Potatoes – Lecker!

German Fried Potatoes or Bratkartoffeln is a traditional side dish that is commonly served with pork or steak in Germany.

“Bratkartoffeln” are usually prepared by slicing already pre-cooked, boiled potatoes into a hot skillet or frying pan, and historically was a a way of using up leftover boiled potatoes, another staple of the traditional German diet.) It also common to add onions and bits of ham or bacon to the potatoes when cooking.

While Bratkartoffeln is available freshly-cooked in most German restaurants and is a popular homemade dish, it is also available pre-packed in most German grocery shops and stores with just some simple frying required to “warm it up”.

Recipe for German Pan Fried Potatoes (Bratkartoffeln)


5 cups potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 large onion, finely chopped
6 pieces bacon
2 Tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
paprika, to taste


  1. Chop potatoes and place in a bowl with water to prevent browning.
  2. Cook 6 pieces of bacon in a skillet over medium high heat. Move the bacon to a plate and reserve the bacon fat.
  3. Add chopped onion to bacon fat in the skillet and saute until onion is translucent. Using slotted spoon move cooked onion to the plate with the bacon.
  4. Place part of the peeled and chopped potatoes in a a single layer in the skillet. Season them with salt, pepper and paprika and cover pan with a lid. Cook on medium heat for about 25 minutes until potatoes are tender, flipping them halfway through.
  5. Repeat with remaining potatoes and each time add 1 Tbsp of olive oil or fat of your choice if needed.
  6. Place the pan fried potatoes in a dish and stir in the caramelized onions and bacon. Season with salt, pepper and paprika if needed and serve warm.
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