Pan-Fried Potatoes (Bratkartoffeln)

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 10 mins

A quick German favorite from leftover potatoes. The tricks to sucess are cold potatoes, a good non-stick pan and PATIENCE. - Make it a main dish by using onion and bacon or a side with potatoes only. Good with fried meat. Best use firm potatoes, others might cook to mush.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cut potatoes into evenly thick slices (about 3/16 in ).
  2. Use a large pan that will hold potatoes in a single layer or use two pans.
  3. Heat oil over medium high heat.
  4. If using bacon and onion fry together until onion is translucent.
  5. Add potatoes, stir once to mix and then be patient!
  6. DON'T stir until potatoes are nicely golden brown on the bottom, 3-5 minutes, only check for color occasionally.
  7. Sprinkle with half the salt. Use less salt when using bacon.
  8. Turn and fry the same way on the other side until nicely gold-brown.
  9. You might need to add a little more oil to the pan if all the oil is soaked up by the potatoes.
  10. Taste with salt and pepper.
  11. Serve sprinkled with parsley.


Most Helpful

I used sliced canned potatoes, well drained. Only used a spray of canola oil on each side of the slices and they browned beautifully -Had the elec stove set at 6 and it took about 10 minutes each side. Lovely do again recipe

Bergy July 11, 2010

I had a bunch of cooked potatoes left over from a pig roast last weekend so used those. I followed the recipe but didn't use any of the optional ingredients. Hubby really enjoyed them.

bmcnichol July 09, 2010

Potatoes are my downfall!! These were delicious -- I used my old iron skillet, which seems somehow better for comfort food than modern pans!! I used the bacon and onion as indicated, and I did leave the potatoes to brown underneath, but the pan was too large to turn it over. My fault -- but I turned them all over a few times, and they fried beautifully. Sehr wohlschmeckend und appetitanregend! Vielen Dank!

Zurie October 29, 2007

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