Batatas Bravas – Spicy Potatoes

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"This is a recipe from Tia Maria's blog (portuguesedinerdocom/tiamaria/batatas-bravas-spicy-potatoes/) for Portuguese potatoes. This potato recipe is light on calories as it isn't fried and uses very little olive oil per potatoes, but is high on flavor. She states this dish is often served warm with a spicy tomato sauce or aioli."

Original recipe yields 7 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (171.1 g)
  • Calories 153.1
  • Total Fat - 4.8 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0.7 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 418.3 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 25.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 4.2 g
  • Sugars - 2.3 g
  • Protein - 2.9 g
  • Calcium - 20.6 mg
  • Iron - 1 mg
  • Vitamin C - 15.6 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step 1

Cook the potatoes in the teaspoon of salt and boiling water for about 10-15 minutes until tender but not over cooked. Drain cover the pan and put them back on the stove on the warm burner.

Step 2

Toss the potatoes in the pan gently for some of the moisture to evaporate for about 5 minutes.

Step 3

While the potatoes sit for the 5 minutes, saute the onion in the olive oil in a medium non stick pan until golden brown.

Step 4

Season the potatoes with the pepper, garlic powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, and piri piri, toss and gently place them in the pan with the onions.

Step 5

Cook the potatoes on low medium heat turning them gently in the pan until they obtain a slight crisp on the edges.

Step 6

Taste and add more piri piri or seasonings if desired. Top with parsley. Serve warm.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



Awesome potatoes Lynn. We loved these little gems. So much flavor and great textures. Made as written but removed the fried onions until the potatoes were done, then garnished with them and the parsley. Thank you so much for sharing this lovely recipe. Made for CQ3 - Azores

review by:
(27 Jul 2016)


We really enjoyed these potatoes. I used a little bit of Pimento Moira that I had made and just a little dab added lots of spice and heat to these. Thanks for sharing, Lynn. Made for CQ3 - Azores.

review by:
(27 Jul 2016)


Wow, these are the best. Just the right amount of spice and heat. These will be made again!

review by:
(25 Jul 2016)


Yum! I loved the flavor and texture of these potatoes. They are soft and rich and crispy all at the same time. We're not into too spicy so I reduce the piri piri & cayenne and also the paprika because I don't like it much. These are a little more labor intensive then my usual oven roasted potatoes but well worth the effort. Made for Culinary Quest 2016

review by:
(25 Jul 2016)

Random Rachel

These were delicious! I am not a huge fan of hot stuff, so went really light on the piripiri. Great simple breakfast side dish :) For Culinary Quest 2016

review by:
(25 Jul 2016)


Excellent potatoes. We really enjoyed this spicy version. I love the piri piri sauce addition. This makes for a delicious, spicy side dish. Thank you!

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(19 Jul 2016)