Pan Fried Potatoes and Onions with fresh green herbs are one of my favorite side dishes. They are crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. And so deliciously flavorful. And along with the garlic yogurt sauce, it’s a real treat. For dinner, you can eat them with roasted vegetables and fish, pork chops, or a Sunday roast. An easy, simple dish and tasty recipe!
Fried Potatoes and Onions recipe
We are a potato-loving part of Europe. In Germany and the Netherlands, it’s one of the most favorite side dishes, so we have many potato recipes. And thus we eat potatoes a few times each week.
Just because we love them so much. But I don’t only cook them. No, I love some variety, like pan-frying them. Sometimes I make Hasselback potatoes, healthy French fries, or oven-baked potatoes. Today, I made this recipe for the best-fried potatoes.
They’re called Gebakken Aardappelen in Dutch, or German Bratkartoffeln. The recipes are very similar. It is delicious and flavored with green herbs, and I love to serve it with a garlic yogurt sauce.
And it’s a straightforward recipe to prepare. A key factor is that we use already cooked potatoes (usual leftovers from the day before). They will become soft on the inside and have a crisp exterior. And they absorb all the flavors we add to the skillet. It’s such an easy side dish. And that’s why this potato dish recipe is such a winner.
What do you need for German Bratkartoffeln?
To prepare this Fried Potatoes and Onions, you need the following ingredients. You can find the correct amounts in the recipe card at the bottom of the blog:
- Potatoes - the best potatoes to use are all-purpose or waxy potatoes. Russet potatoes, red potatoes, Doré, King Edward, Yukon gold potatoes, and Maris Piper (are great choices).
- Green herbs - Use fresh green herbs to add some extra flavor. Parsley, thyme, and chives are delicious. But you can vary with rosemary, oregano, and basil; they are delicious.
- Onion - Use shallot or sweet yellow onion and fry until it’s translucent. This will flavor the potatoes.
- Butter - Unsalted butter is used to pan fry the potatoes. It will give them a full buttery taste. You could opt for vegetable oil, peanut oil, olive oil, or a mixture of butter and oil (50: 50 %).
- Curry powder - Curry powder is a mixture of spices. Ginger, cardamom, coriander, cloves, turmeric, cumin, and pepper are the most common. It’s spicy and flavorful and is delicious to spice your German Bratkartoffeln
- Yogurt - The base for the delicious yogurt garlic sauce that you can serve with these fried potatoes. Preferably, use whole milk yogurt or Greek Yogurt.
- Garlic, paprika powder, salt, and pepper - spices to flavor your garlic yogurt sauce. Simple and very flavorful.
How do you make German Style Skillet Potatoes?
You can find a printable recipe with a step-by-step description at the bottom of this blog.
- Start with preparing the garlic yogurt sauce by mixing the ingredients. Then, put the sauce in the refrigerator for at least an hour to marinate.
- Cook the potatoes until they are done (about 20 minutes when starting with cold water). Or use leftover potatoes from the day before and let them cool to room temperature. Cut into cubes, wedges, or slices (whichever you prefer). Melt butter in a large frying pan (but a cast-iron skillet will do well). And bake the shallot until translucent on medium heat for about 3 minutes.
- Add the potatoes, curry powder, salt, and pepper to the hot skillet. Bake until you’ve got crispy potatoes on the outside and still soft on the inside (in about 10 minutes). Stir occasionally.
- Turn off the heat and add the fresh herbs to the skillet. Mix. Serve the fried potatoes and caramelized onions with the garlic yogurt sauce. It’s the perfect side dish with great flavor.
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Fried Potatoes and Onions (German Bratkartoffeln)
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Garlic Yogurt Sauce
- 1 cup yogurt whole milk or Greek Yogurt
- 2 cloves garlic
- ⅛ teaspoon paprika ground
Pan Fried Potatoes with Onions
- 2.2 lbs potatoes
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 shallot chopped finely
- 1 tablespoon dried thyme leaves
Garlic Yogurt Sauce
- Put the yogurt in a bowl and squeeze the garlic into the bowl.1 cup yogurt, 2 cloves garlic
- Mix a pinch of paprika and some salt and pepper into the sauce and cover with plastic foil.⅛ teaspoon paprika, salt and pepper
- Store for at least an hour in the refrigerator.
Pan Fried Potatoes with Onions
- Peel the potatoes and cook them for 20 minutes until done. Or use leftover potatoes.2.2 lbs potatoes
- Let them cool to room temperature.
- Cut the potatoes into cubes, wedges or slices.
- Melt the butter in a large skillet and fry the shallots for 1-2 minutes on medium heat.1 tablespoon butter, 1 shallot
- Turn to medium-high heat and add the potato cubes, curry powder, and salt and pepper to taste.1 teaspoon curry powder, salt and pepper
- Bake the potatoes until they’ve got a crispy exterior and soft on the inside, and they got a golden brown color.
- Remove from heat and sprinkle fresh herbs over the potatoes. Mix well.1 tablespoon chives, 1 tablespoon dried thyme, 1 tablespoon parsley
- Serve with garlic yogurt sauce
- Refrigerator - Store them, covered with plastic foil, in an airtight container for up to two days.
- Freezer - put the potatoes in an airtight container and freeze. This way, you can store them for up to three months. You don’t have to thaw them before reheating.
- Reheat - reheat them in a skillet with a bit of butter on medium heat. Or bake the potatoes in the Air fryer or use a magnetron to reheat them.