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German Fried Potatoes With Bacon (Bratkartoffeln)

German Fried Potatoes With Bacon (Bratkartoffeln)

Learn how to make these no-fail German fried potatoes with bacon otherwise known as Bratkartoffeln from scratch. Made with raw potatoes, bacon and onions in under 35 minutes.

My husband, Jo is an ”okay” cook. But when it comes to making Bratkartoffeln he is the BEST. This is the one and only recipe that I’ve learned from Jo. Today I’m proud to say that I’m as good as him, even though he hates admitting it.

My mum and oma in law often use cooked potatoes to make their fried potatoes. This recipe however uses raw potatoes. In my opinion they taste way better. They also don’t break easily and become mushy.

This recipe is flavorful, easy and quick to make and uses only 4 ingredients: potatoes, onions, bacon and oil. Jo always adds caraway seeds, to his fried potatoes. This recipe however omits them.

But hey, feel free to add a half a teaspoon caraway seeds if you wish. You can make this recipe vegetarian too. Simply leave out the bacon.

The secrets to making the best Bratkartoffeln from scratch is soaking them in cold tap water, using less fat when frying and turning the potatoes occasionally.

You can eat Bratkartoffeln just like that or serve them as side dish to any dish of your choice, ranging from Schnitzel to beef stew. Jo enjoys eating them with fried eggs.

What you’ll need to make Bratkartoffeln

  • 800 g / 28 oz potatoes
  • 150 g/ 5 oz bacon, cut into small pieces
  • 2 medium onions
  • salt and pepper to taste, OPTIONAL
  • 3 tablespoons sunflower oil, for frying

*This fried potato recipe requires only few tablespoons of oil. You can either use margarine or sunflower oil or mix both.

You’ll also need:

  • 1 large skillet/ pan
  • bowl
  • tap water for soaking potatoes
  • wooden spoon
  • knife
  • cutting board

How to make German fried potatoes with bacon and onions

First peel the potatoes, cut them into thin slices and soak them in cold tap water for few minutes.

  • Soaking potatoes is important so that the starch will be removed, to prevent the potatoes from sticking together and becoming mushy.

In the meantime peel and finely cut the onions. Next, heat the oil at a medium – high heat. Using your hands remove the potatoes from the soaking water, shake off the excess water and add them to the skillet. Fry the potatoes for 5 minutes on one side.

  • You could also pat dry the potatoes with paper towels or strain them.

After, turn the potatoes for the first time and cook them for another 5 minutes . Then turn the potatoes, add bacon and mix well. Let cook for another 5 minutes, turning occasionally!

After add the onions to the skillet. Give everything a good turn and cook for 5 minutes. Reduce the temperature to medium – low and let cook for another 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper if necessary and serve. Enjoy!

Season with salt and pepper if necessary and serve. Enjoy!

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5 from 2 votes

German Fried Potatoes With Bacon (Bratkartoffeln)

Learn how to make these no-fail German fried potatoes with bacon otherwise known as Bratkartoffeln from scratch. Made with raw potatoes, bacon and onions in under 35 minutes.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: European, German
Keyword: bratkartoffeln, fried potatoes, German style fried potatoes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Ester | esterkocht.com

Equipment

  • Large skillet

Ingredients

  • 800 g/ 28 oz potatoes
  • 150 g/ 5 oz bacon cut into small pieces
  • 2 medium onions
  • 3 tablespoons sunflower oil for frying * You can also use margarine or any oil of your choice or mix both.
  • salt and pepper to taste Optional

Instructions

  • First peel the potatoes, cut them into thin slices and soak them in cold tap water for few minutes. In the meantime peel and finely cut the onions.
  • Heat the oil at a medium – high heat. Using your hands remove the potatoes from the soaking water, shake off the excess water and add them to the skillet.
  • Fry the potatoes for 5 minutes on one side. After, turn the potatoes for the first time and cook them for another 5 minutes .
  • Then turn the potatoes, add bacon and mix well. Let cook for another 5 minutes, turning occasionally! After add the onions to the skillet. Give everything a good turn and cook for 5 minutes. Reduce the temperature to medium – low and let cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Season with salt and pepper if necessary and serve. 

Notes

  1. It’s  important to soak the potatoes so that the starch will be removed. This prevents the potatoes from sticking together and becoming mushy.
  2. You can also pat dry the potatoes with paper towels or strain them, instead of using your hands.

Did you make this Bratkartoffeln recipe? I’d love to hear from you! Simply write a review and add rating to it.

Recipe Rating




Lynn Fisher

Monday 4th of October 2021

I AM MAKING THESE AS I TYPE FOR A QUICK WARM LUNCH. I LIVED IN GERMANY 6 YEARS AND ALL THE FOOD IS FAB. I ESPECIALLY LOVE POTATOES AND FRIED IS EVEN BETTER. DANKE SCHON

Sirkka Naundobe

Tuesday 26th of February 2019

I learnt something new and will try it!! new Chef in the house, as from today!! thanks so much Ester

Ester

Wednesday 13th of March 2019

I'm glad to hear that Sirkka. Thanks for stopping by and feel free to stop by anytime ;-)

Anna McCluskey

Thursday 21st of February 2019

Looks amazing!

Ester

Saturday 23rd of February 2019

Thanks Anna!

highlands2hammocks

Thursday 21st of February 2019

These look so good! Will need to try one day 😁

Ester

Saturday 23rd of February 2019

They're indeed yummy and super simple to make too. :-)

Melanie

Thursday 21st of February 2019

Yum! These look delicious and I'll be trying them this weekend for sure! 😁 We love German dishes!

Ester

Saturday 23rd of February 2019

Thank you for stopping by Melani. I'm glad you like this recipe. Feel free to search my site my often, because I have a couple of German dishes. Happy cooking! :-)