Authentic Spanish Omelette
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Traditional Spanish Omelette

Spanish omelette or Tortilla Espanola is a simple potato recipe dish that can be enjoyed hot or cold, as a starter, main dish or as tapas at a picnic.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Spanish
Keyword: Authentic Spanish Omelette, How To Make Spanish Omelette, Traditional Spanish Omelette
Servings: 4 Portions (as a side)
Calories: 271
Author: Julia


  • 1.3 lb Potatoes (600g)
  • tsp Salt
  • cup Olive Oil (560ml)
  • 1 Onion , small or medium
  • 4 Eggs , medium to large


  • Rinse and peel the potatoes. Cut them into quarters length-wise then slice thinly.
  • Pour 2 cups of oil into a frying pan/skillet. Turn on the heat to high. When the oil is hot, add sliced potatoes and reduce the heat to medium. Fry the potatoes for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Meanwhile: Peel the onion, cut in half and slice each half thinly. Add it to the potatoes and cook for a further 5 minutes (the potatoes should be cooked at this stage).
  • Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl beat 4 eggs. Season with a generous pinch of salt. When the potatoes and onions are cooked, drain the excess oil and add them into the bowl with beaten eggs. Mix everything together and let it rest (5 minutes).
  • Heat ¼ cup of olive oil in a frying pan/skillet. Wait until the oil is hot and only then pour in the potato mixture. Push down the edges with a spatula. Let it cook until the edges are set (a few minutes).
  • Cover the pan with a large plate. With one hand hold the plate tight and with the other one hold the handle of your pan/skillet. Flip over the skillet so that the plate is underneath.
  • Lift the empty pan/skillet and place it back onto the heat. Add little oil (2 tablespoons). Slide the omelet back into the pan. Cook until set or until it looks to your liking.


  1. If large onion is all you have on hand, use half of it only.
  2. This recipe may feed 2 to 12 people: 2 (eaten as a main), 4 (starter/side), 8-12 (tapas/party appetizer).
  3. Waxy potatoes are the best option as they hold their shape better after being cooked.
  4. I don’t recommend substituting olive oil for sunflower/vegetable or any other type of oil.
  5. This omelet fits perfectly into a frying pan with base size: 7-inch/18cm.
Nutrition Facts
Traditional Spanish Omelette
Amount Per Serving
Calories 271 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 163mg54%
Sodium 950mg41%
Potassium 720mg21%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 240IU5%
Vitamin C 19.1mg23%
Calcium 76mg8%
Iron 5.8mg32%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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