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Tortilla de patatas – Spanish Omelette


My first recipe!  I am so excited about it! It took me a while to get to this point but here I am, and I am very happy about it.

I thought it would  be great to start with this classic Spanish dish. I love this recipe  because It so versatile. It can be served as breakfast, lunch or dinner, can be served as a “tapa” or as a main dish and it is good both warm and cold. 

This Spanish omelette is called a tortilla de patatas, but watch out! Tortilla in Spain is not the same as it is in Mexico, tortilla is an omelette in Spain.   And it is not the same thing as an omelette in the US.

Omelettes are very famous in Spain.  You can have a spinach omelet, green bean and potato omelette, vegetable omelette or  you can easily create your own version of any omelette.  But, the  most traditional one is the Spanish potato omelette.

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Tortilla de Patatas (Spanish Omelette)

Classic Tortilla Española
5 from 1 vote
Total Time 1 hr
Course Appetizer, dinner, Lunch
Cuisine spanish
Servings 4 Servings


  • 3 Large Potatoes Peeled and sliced very think.
  • 1 Onion chopped
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups Canola oil To fry the potatoes
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Olive OIl


  • I use a 9 inch pan. It's a good size for a thick omelette.
  • In a small pan on a low-medium heat , cook the onion until it gets brown, then set it aside.
  • While the  onion is cooking, preheat a pan or pot with 2 cups of vegetable or canola oil.
  • Cook the potatoes for about 5 to 7 minutes.  Do not wait until they look brown, we don’t want french fries!  To be sure the potatoes are done, poke them with a wooden spoon and if they fall apart, they are done.
  • Once the potatoes are cooked, drain the oil.  
  • In a large bowl, beat the eggs. Add the cooked potatoes and the cooked onion. Season with some salt and pepper (pepper optional)
  • Mix with a spatula or a wooden spoon.
  • Be sure it is juicy! If it looks dry just beat another egg and pour it into the mixture.
  •  Using a 9inch pan (or a bigger one for a bigger omelette!) drizzle about 1 tablespoon of olive oil and place on medium-low heat. Once the oil is warm, pour the mixture in. After about a minute,  peel back the edges of the omelette from the pan so it doesn’t stick. Shaking the pan also helps to ensure the omelette doesn’t stick.
  • In about 4-5 minutes, the bottom of the omelette should be cooked.  Position a plate on top of the omelette in the pan, and flip it. The omelette now will be on the plate. Next, slide it back into the pan, with the cooked face of the omelette facing up. 
  • Cook it for about 3-5 minutes and flip again. Now the omelette should have a consistent texture. Slide it back into the pan for another 30 seconds and flip it again. I always flip the omelette  5-6 times. My grandmother told me that the more you flip it, the bettter!
  • Now… dig in! Bon profit!

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10 thoughts on “Tortilla de patatas – Spanish Omelette”

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  2. I had this when I was in Spain 2 years ago. Your recipe is fantastic. Great tortilla. Thank you!

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