Spanish Potatoes Omelette: Tortilla de Patatas

Early January I published a list of the 13 dishes I want to make in 2013. I’ve already cooked two of the dishes: Moroccan Chicken Tagine and Greek moussaka, and here is my third item to cross off the list! 

My dad is Spanish (he was born in Madrid, his family immigrated to France when he was a little boy, because of the civil war). I grew up close to my Spanish grand-parents (we lived in the same village). Communicating with them was sometimes a challenge (my Spanish wasn’t so good and their French was limited despite living in France for over 30 years). I would eat at their place a couple of times a week, and one of my favourite Spanish dishes has always been Tortilla de Patatas. Cooking this dish at home for the first time brought back for me many childhood memories. 


  • half a cup extra virgin olive oil
  • half a onion, thinly chopped
  • 4 potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 5 cage free eggs
  • Salt & freshly ground black pepper
  1. Heat oil in a frying pan over high heat. Add sliced potatoes, stirring every few minutes until golden brown. 
  2. Add onion and fry for another few minutes with the potatoes.
  3. Remove potatoes and onion from heat and drain on kitchen paper.
  4. Crack eggs into a bowl. Whisk until combined. Season with salt and pepper. 
  5. Place a non-stick pan (about 20 cm across) on a medium heat with only a little bit of remaining olive oil. Place the potatoes in the pan and pour egg mixture over. 
  6. Cook for 4-5 minutes until golden brown and almost set. Then put a large dinner plate on top of the pan and flip it over so that the omelette is on the plate. Slide the omelette back into the pan and cook the other side for another 2 minutes until golden brown.

Do you like Spanish tapas?


  1. says

    Hello there, looks great, and quite manageable, excellent for tapas which I love.

    But don’t tempt me!! I need a week or two of very good eating to get rid of 2 kilos and potatoes are NOT in the plan!!

    Looks like you need a spam filter, two comments above, but I thought I’d seen one here before??

  2. says

    yummy i love this and make it all the time and also try the Italian version a frittata with some chorizo in it and some Spanish onion as well its so yummy
    and tapas is my all time favourite I go out to a tapas restaurant in st kilda fitroy street its called cafe barcelona and they make the best tapas i have ever had there Albondigas: Sumptuous Meatballs with Smoked Paprika and Sofrito Sauce(meatballs in sauce there so yummy and the Aceitunas: House marinated mixed Spanish olives pan-seared with roasted Garlic, Chilli and Herbs are to die for the Churros Con Chocolate: Barcelona’s famous Spanish Donuts, dusted with Cinnamon Sugar and served with a rich Chocolate Dipping Sauce you will have to try it there next time your in melbourne and get the chance you wont regret it!

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