Currywurst And Fries With Homemade Curry Ketchup Recipe

currywurst with fries
currywurst with fries - Patterson Watkins/Mashed Staff

Whether you're looking for the perfect summer meal to enjoy with a cold beer or you're practicing your menu for an Oktoberfest party, you need to try this recipe for currywurst and fries with a special, homemade curry ketchup. "It's not often that I say, 'Woah! That is one flavorful sausage,'" says recipe developer Patterson Watkins. "There's just something about that curry ketchup that turns the ordinary, extraordinary. I'm not out here bashing bratwurst — brats are perfectly fine. But add curry ketchup, and wowzers."

Clearly, it's the curry ketchup that makes this recipe a standout, and once you try it, you're likely to want to whip some up for every dippable dish you make. "What makes these German street food snacks so enticing is the added element of curry. Those aromatic and flavorful properties of the iconic spice blend (cardamom, ginger, garlic, coriander, cumin, and turmeric) really pair well with the sweet-tart homemade ketchup and savory brats," Watkins says. Plus, the whole recipe is ready to serve in about 35 minutes and calls for your favorite frozen fries — no slicing up potatoes required.

Read more: Mistakes People Make When Grilling Hot Dogs

Gather The Ingredients For Currywurst And Fries With Homemade Curry Ketchup

homemade currywurst ingredients
homemade currywurst ingredients - Patterson Watkins/Mashed Staff

The vast majority of the ingredients you'll need to make this flavorful currywurst meal are for the curry ketchup. Because many of them are shelf-stable pantry items, you may not need to do much shopping, but definitely check your stock before you get started. For the sauce you'll need tomato paste, dark brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, vegetable or chicken broth, onion powder, garlic powder, curry powder, Chinese five-spice powder, and salt and pepper, to taste. You'll also need bratwurst sausages, chopped parsley for garnish, and your favorite frozen french fries. Just pay attention to the preparation instructions for the fries so you time their cooking to match the brats.

Preheat The Oven And Mix The Curry Ketchup Ingredients

currywurst sauce in pot
currywurst sauce in pot - Patterson Watkins/Mashed Staff

Because the brats will be roasted, make sure you preheat your oven to 425 F before doing anything else. Also, go ahead and line a baking sheet with parchment paper so it'll be ready when you need it.

After that, just grab all the ingredients and spices needed for the ketchup (other than the salt and pepper) and add them to a small saucepan. Whisk until they're well combined.

Simmer, Then Season, The Ketchup

currywurst sauce in pot
currywurst sauce in pot - Patterson Watkins/Mashed Staff

Place the saucepan on the stove and set the heat to medium-low, bringing the ketchup to a simmer. Cook the ketchup for 15 minutes, whisking frequently while the sauce thickens. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the ketchup rest and cool for 5 minutes before seasoning it with salt and pepper to your liking.

"You'll end up with a little less than ¾ cup, once all has simmered and reduced — plenty of ketchup for excess dunking (both for the fries and brats) and maybe a little for leftovers," Watkins says.

Roast The Brats

roasted bratwursts on pan
roasted bratwursts on pan - Patterson Watkins/Mashed Staff

Once the oven has preheated, place your brats on the prepared baking sheet and pop them in the oven to roast for 25-30 minutes. There's likely no need to flip them over as they cook — you're just waiting for them to brown lightly. "My brats come out just fine without needing a flip, but if you find that they are not cooking evenly, feel free to flip halfway through the cooking time," advises Watkins.

And if you want to score your brats like Watkins does before you pop them in the oven, cut them about halfway through horizontally at regular intervals. "I score my brats for maximum curry ketchup infusion," she explains.

This is also a good time to think about your french fries. You'll need to check the instructions on the bag to know the suggested baking temperature and time, but you might be pleasantly surprised to see how well it lines up with the brats. "The oven temperature for brat roasting is preheated to the most common fry-baking temp. So you can kick both off at close to the same time," says Watkins.

Divide The Brats And Fries Between Plates, Garnish, And Serve

currywursts with fries
currywursts with fries - Patterson Watkins/Mashed Staff

When the brats have finished roasting, divide them between the 2 plates alongside the fries. Spoon a couple of tablespoons of the curry ketchup over the sausages, then place the remaining ketchup in a serving bowl for dipping. Garnish the brats and fries with the chopped parsley, and set them out to serve.

If you're looking to add even more to this German-inspired meal, Watkins says, "Go all-out 'Bavaria-style' and have a German street food feast! Grab some kimpir, pretzels, flammkuchen, bratkartoffeln, leberkäse, name it! But for certain, don't skimp on the beer. A bubbly Witbier or super cold Kölsch will pair nicely with the currywurst flavor festessen."

Just one thing to keep in mind: Once the brats and fries have been cooked, they don't keep very well. "The curry ketchup will certainly hold up to a week or 2 under refrigeration in a sealable container," Watkins says. "Cooked brats and french fries are another to nosh on them fresh from the fire."

Currywurst And Fries With Homemade Curry Ketchup Recipe

currywursts with fries
currywursts with fries - Patterson Watkins/Mashed Staff

Prep Time: 5mCook Time: 30mYield: 2 servingsIngredients

  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar

  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • ¾ cup vegetable or chicken broth

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 ½ teaspoon curry powder

  • 1 pinch Chinese 5-spice powder

  • Salt and ground black pepper, to taste

  • 4 bratwurst sausages, scored horizontally

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

  • Frozen french fries of your choice, cooked according to package instructions


  1. Preheat oven to 425 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Place the tomato paste, brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, broth, onion powder, garlic powder, curry powder, and 5-spice powder in a small saucepan, and whisk to combine.

  3. Simmer the ketchup over medium-low heat for 15 minutes, whisking frequently, until thickened. Remove from the heat and set aside to rest for 5 minutes, then season to taste with salt and pepper.

  4. Meanwhile, place the brats on the prepared baking sheet and roast in the oven for 25-30 minutes, until cooked through and lightly browned.

  5. Divide the brats and fries between plates, spooning some of the curry ketchup over the sausages (about 1-2 tablespoons each). Place the remaining curry ketchup in little bowls for additional dipping.

  6. Before serving, garnish the sauced brats with chopped parsley, then skewer each scored section with toothpicks for easier eating.

Read the original article on Mashed.