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The Spanish Cuisine – Tortilla de Patatas

The Spanish Cuisine – Tortilla de Patatas

Tortilla de Patatas

Eggs, potatoes, olive oil and salt… Those are the only things you need to prepare a typical “tortilla de patatas”. A common debate in Spain is whether or not onion should be added to the traditional recipe and Spaniards can argue hours about it. The tortilla de patatas is a dish which you can find in almost every restaurant or bar in Spain, just like paella and croquetas. The tortilla is a great choice for as well breakfast or lunch squeezed between bread and as the perfect merienda like a tapa. So put on an apron and get in touch with your inner cook.


– 3 big potatoes

– 5 eggs

– 1 onion (optional)

– Olive oil

– Salt

How to prepare?

  1. Peel and wash the potatoes. Slice them afterwards in thin pieces.
  2. Cut the onion in small cubes. Mix the potatoes with the onions in a bowl. Add some salt to taste.
  3. Heat plenty of olive oil in a deep frying pan and add the potato-onion mix. Make sure the olive oil covers the potato-onion mix. Cook the potatoes.
  4. Once the potatoes are soft and slightly brown remove them from the fire. Remove the potatoes and onions to another bowl without the olive oil.
  5. Whisk in another bowl the eggs until they are well blended and have a slight foam. Add the potatoes and onions afterwards.
  6. Put a little olive oil in a frying pan and pour the mix of eggs, potatoes and onion. Shake the pan in order to spread the mixture over the pan.
  7. Wait until it is cooked on one side and then turn it. It might help to use a large plate for the turn!
  8. When both sides of the tortilla are well cooked and have a gold brown colour it is ready to be served!

Some tips...

  • To make sure the potatoes are fully cooked you can use a fork to test it. If the potato breaks easily when you prick, it is cooked.
  • The size of your frying pan determines the size of your tortilla! When choosing a really small frying pan make sure you adjust your ingredients to it.
  • This is the traditional recipe for a Spanish Tortilla, but you can add more ingredients if you like: chorizo, ham, spinach, courgettes… Whatever you like!

Easy, isn't it?