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Spanish Tortilla

Spanish Tortilla

A Spanish tortilla is a beautiful thing. Crisp golden coins of potato, the fresh taste of spring onion, all cooked together in a cake held together by eggs. Yum! It’s all my favorite breakfast foods rolled into one, in a neat and portable package. Chris and I had this for brunch the other day and it was just right – the potato makes it substantial; the eggs give it richness without weighing it down. Oh, and did I mention that it’s one of the easiest things to cook EVER? And that it’s a perfect afternoon snack? And that I can imagine myself as a Spanish grandma cooking this on my vintage range for my school-age grandchild? Ohhh yeah.

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Basically, you slice a couple potatoes thinly and fry them in a bit of olive oil until they’re tender and golden. Then, while they’re still warm, you toss them in with 4 beaten eggs and some chopped spring onion, a pinch of salt, and let the mixture sit until the eggs thicken up just a tad. Pour the whole thing into a skillet and cook until the eggs set around the edges. Then – oh and this is the impressive bit – you slide the whole thing out onto a plate, and invert it back into the pan. Poof! A perfectly round golden omelet. I can’t say the symmetry doesn’t appeal to me.

I adapted this from SimplyRecipes, but reduced the number of eggs. I wanted the potatoes to shine a bit more, and well, I felt a little guilty about 6 eggs for a party of two. I also didn’t bother to lay the potatoes out in the pan in a scalloped pattern – I just dumped the whole thing in and it turned out rather pretty.

I love pretty things.

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Anyway, I’m sorry I’ve been a bit slow posting lately, but Chris and I have been working out of town 3 days a week, leaving me less time to shop for groceries. I’m aiming to get back to 2 posts a week, at least. This weekend, I’m planning to make a few yummy things to share with you all.

In the meantime, make a Spanish tortilla! You’ll be glad you did.

Spanish Tortilla
Adapted from SimplyRecipes

2 medium potatoes (Yukon Gold works well)
4 large eggs
2 green onions, chopped
salt and pepper
olive oil

Slice potatoes thinly. Fry in olive oil until tender and browned.

Beat eggs. Add warm potatoes and green onions. Stir around and let sit 5 minutes to thicken. Pour into skillet over medium-low heat. Cook until edges are set. Slide omelet carefully onto a plate and invert back into skillet. Cook for another minute or two until browned on the other side.

Slide onto a plate and cut into wedges. Serve!

3 comments to Spanish Tortilla

  • Seeing this kind of makes me want to be a spanish grandmother. Tragically that won’t ever happen. But at least I can cook like one! This looks delicious.

  • Hi, I saw this post last night. About 10 years ago, a Spanish-Swiss friend of mine cooked Spanish tortilla once or twice and I loved it. Will make this for lunch.
    Love your website, both recipes and the travel pictures. Thanks!!


  • Aida


    I am Spanish. I was looking for how non-spanish people cook spanish recipe when I found your blog.

    In Spain we don’t usually add pepper (but I’ve seen lot’s of americans adding it) – Anyway, one day I will make a tortilla española with pepper, just to taste it.

    Also, we usually don’t slice the potato the way you did, we just quarter it and then slice, to make small pieces. But your version made me think about slicing it… OMG! Really want to try it!

    So… Yes, I am a Spanish woman that is going to cook a Spanish Tortilla from an non-spanish blog! haha