German Fried Potato Recipes

German Food Recipe: Fried Potatoes

Mom had several fried potato recipes ("Bratkartoffeln"), all variations on the one listed below. 

Each slightly different. All delicious.

The aroma in the house was mouth-watering when she made these.

For her, these were quick and easy lunch recipes.

For me? I just love pan fried potatoes! There are so many recipes using potatoes, but this is truly among the most popular.

If you're a camper, make these over a campfire. We always did when we were camping. 

Just be ready to feed the rest of the campers as they come because of the aroma wafting through the air!

If you are using raw potatoes, cut into thin slices (peeled or unpeeled). If using cooked potatoes, either dice (small or large) or slice (fairly thickly). The raw potatoes will take a little longer to cook.

German Fried Potato Recipes


  • 5 - 8 potatoes, see above
  • 1/4 cup oil or butter OR 8 slices bacon, diced
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • salt, pepper


  • In a large skillet, heat butter or oil, or saute bacon until golden brown. Remove bacon pieces and set aside. Add potatoes (see above).
  • Fry for about 5 minutes before turning to allow potato slices to brown. Turn, adding onions and continuing to gently turn as needed. Add more butter or oil if needed. If using raw potatoes, cover slightly during cooking.
  • After potatoes are browned (and tender if using raw potatoes), add reserved bacon, season with salt and freshly ground pepper.
  • Serve immediately, makes about 4 - 6 servings.

Hints to make various fried potato recipes:

  • Just before serving, pour 4 slightly beaten raw eggs over potatoes, gently toss and allow to cook a few minutes until eggs are set. This is similar to Hoppel Poppel
  • Add fresh parsley and/or chives.
  • Add more or less onions, as desired. Chopped green onions - tops and bottoms - would be great.
  • Add some leftover meat pieces to the potatoes while they are cooking.

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