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  • Writer's pictureMark Tullett

Tortilla de Patatas

AKA Spanish omelette and potato omelette.

One of my favourite dishes as a tapa, or as a sandwich filling, or for lunch or dinner.

It's fairly easy to make and has just a few ingredients most of us already have in the kitchen.

Obviously there are many recipes but here's the one I use...


  • 1 kilogram of potatoes (approx)

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 8 large eggs (I always use free range)

  • 1 onion (optional)

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil


  1. Slice the onion thinly and fry over a low heat in a frying pan until slightly browned. (If using) Drain excess oil and set aside.

  2. Peel the potatoes and slice into thin slices,

  3. Heat some extra virgin olive oil in a large frying pan at medium low heat. There mess to be enough to cover the potatoes.

  4. When the oil is hot, add the potatoes.

  5. Cook for about 20 minutes at a low heat (they may break apart, that is okay).

  6. While the potatoes are cooking, beat the eggs in a large bowl and season with some salt and pepper.

  7. Add the cooked onions to the eggs and stir in.(If using onions).

  8. When the potatoes have been frying 20 minutes, remove them with a slotted spoon into a strainer and allow to cool off while any excess oil drips away.

  9. After a few minutes, add the potatoes to the egg mixture and stir well.

  10. In the same pan where you fried the potatoes, remove all the oil and over a medium low heat add the egg mixture.

  11. Over a low heat, cook the eggs for about 6-8 minutes

  12. When you are sure that the bottom is cooked and you want to flip the tortilla, take a large plate and put it over the pan and flip quickly! Some egg may slip out but don't worry.

  13. Once turned tuck the sides of the tortilla down slightly - makes it look nicer. And cook for a further 6 - 8 minutes.

  14. Once cooked turn it out onto a plate and show off to your friends and family. They're going to love it.

I sometimes add a little chopped garlic to the onion mix, but this is frowned upon by some. I also like to add some thinly chopped courgettes to the onion mix.

And if you want to add spinach, peas, or pretty much anything you fancy you can do that, but then you'll not have the traditional Tortilla de Patatas.

If you do have a go send us a photo and your comments.

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