German Fried Potatoes

Germans are known for their love of potatoes. One of the very popular potato dishes are fried potatoes. In this video I will show you the basic recipe for fried potatoes, called “Bratkartoffeln” in German.
Fried Potatoes Recipe

Fried Potatoes

Angela Schofield
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine German
Servings 4 - 6 Portions


  • 2 pounds firm potatoes i.e. Yukon Gold, Red Bliss, Carola, Inca Gold, Rose Gold etc.
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 tbsp. Butterschmalz
  • 2 tbsp. neutral vegetable oil
  • Salt pepper, and paprika powder to taste


  • Peel potatoes and cut into equal ½-inch slices or cubes.
  • Add the potatoes to a bowl with water to wash off the starch. This makes sure that you will get nice and crispy potatoes.
  • Heat oil and Butterschmalz on medium-high in a large pan.
  • Drain the potatoes, add them to the pan and cover with a lid.
  • Fry for about 5 min. before you stir the potatoes for the first time.
  • With the pan covered, fry for about 20 minutes and stir occasionally.
  • In the meantime, cube the onions and add on top of the potatoes – don´t stir.
  • Fry for about 5 min. with pan covered.
  • Mix potatoes and fry for about 5 more minutes without a lid.
  • Season with salt, pepper and paprika powder to taste.