The Best Spanish Tortilla Recipe – Simply Delicious

best spanish tortilla recipe

The BEST Spanish tortilla recipe is my go-to dish when we just want to have a light dinner or a rustic lunch.

In fact, you can eat a Spanish tortilla at any time of the day – that’s how good it is. I do love to prepare it for a picnic at the beach or take leftovers wrapped in a sandwich with tomatoes for my lunch to work.

The Spanish tortilla tastes delicious hot, warm, or cold on a sandwich.

Because my best Spanish tortilla recipe is a simple dish, consisting of potatoes, eggs, onions, and extra virgin olive oil for frying, it requires high-quality ingredients.

potatoes for spanish tortilla
potatoes from our garden

That’s why I used new potatoes straight from our garden. There was no need to peel them – I just gave them a thorough scrub.

The eggs come from free-range chickens a friend of mine owns. It can’t get fresher than that. Only the onions and the Spanish extra virgin olive oil come from the supermarket.

Other recipes you might like: German Potato Salad – Simply The Best and Slow Cooker Pulled Pork – So Good.

egg onion potato mixture
Fry the potatoes and onions first and then mix with the whisked eggs

First off, you need to either scrub or peel the potatoes and cut them into even slices (not too thin). Next up, peel and slice the onions.

Heat a generous amount of olive oil in a large frying pan and add the potato slices. Gently fry them on low to medium heat.

Once they are almost tender, add the onions and continue frying both. You want the onion soft but not burned.

In the meantime, crack the eggs into a large bowl and season with salt. Make sure to whisk the eggs thoroughly.

Finally, add the cooked potato/onion mix to the whisked eggs. Make sure that all the potatoes and onions are covered with the eggs.

frying the spanish omelette
the Spanish tortilla cooks on one side

Carefully put the mixture into the same frying pan you have used for the potatoes and onions. It should still have some oil in it. If not, simply add a little bit more olive oil.

By the way, I am using a non-stick pan.

Cook on low to medium heat. With a fork move the egg now and again so it can move to the bottom of the pan and cook.

Once the bottom side is browned there comes the tricky party – flipping the tortilla.

How To Flip The Tortilla

Put a large plate onto the omelet. Now, by using both hands (it is best to wear heat-resistant kitchen gloves) hold on to the plate and the pan and turn it over.

Put the plate side onto the workbench and lift the pan.

Woohoo, almost there: now is the time to slide the tortilla with the uncooked side back into the pan where it cooks for a few more minutes.

Because the egg is still a bit runny, the workbench might have gotten a bit messy. It happened to me as you can see in my video here.

spanish tortilla in the pan
the Spanish tortilla finishes cooking on the bottom side

Anyway, once both sides are cooked, slide the tortilla onto a serving platter. You can eat it hot, warm, or cold – whatever you prefer.

spanish omelette/spanish tortilla
it looks delicious

The Best Ways To Enjoy The Spanish Tortilla

best spanish tortilla recipe
the Spanish tortilla plated with fresh tomatoes and cucumber from our garden

As I mentioned before, we do love the Spanish tortilla still hot with a salad on the side. A chilled glass of white wine goes well with it too. My rustic sourdough focaccia bread makes a great addition to the omelet as well.

Another fantastic way to enjoy our best Spanish tortilla dish is on a sandwich, mayonnaise on the top and bottom, a crunchy salad leaf plus thin slices of cucumber and tomatoes to top it off. Yummy!

Or, cut the tortilla into small pieces and offer them as finger food at your next party. It will go down a treat, I promise. Garnish these little bites topped with a halved cherry tomato and maybe a dollop of sour cream.

How would you love to eat your Spanish tortilla? Let me know in the comments below.

The BEST Spanish Tortilla Recipe

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Spanish Tortilla Recipe – Simple And So Tasty

This classic Spanish tortilla/Spanish omelette recipe never gets old. Only the best ingredients are good enough for this simple but so delicious dish. Enjoy with a chilled glass of white wine and a green salad on the side.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Dinner, light lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine Spanish
Servings 5 people



  • 5 medium-sized potatoes
  • 2 large brown onions
  • 8 eggs preferably free range eggs
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt to taste


  • Scrub or peel the potatoes and cut them into even slices.
    5 medium-sized potatoes
  • Peel the onions and cut them into slices.
    2 large brown onions
  • Heat up the olive oil and add the potatoes. Fry until slightly brown and almost done.
    1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Add the onions to the potatoes and fry until the onion is soft and translucent. You don't want the onions burned,
  • In the meantime, crack the eggs into a large bowl. Season with salt, and whisk well.
    8 eggs, salt to taste
  • Once the potatoes and onions are cooked, add the mix to the eggs.
  • Make sure the potatoes and onions are well coated with the eggs.
  • Use the same frying pan and gently pour the egg mixture into the pan.
  • Fry on low to medium heat until nicely browned. Use a fork to lift up the omelette in different places so the runny egg touches the pan and can cook as well.
  • Once is nicely browned, it/s time to flip the omelette/tortilla.
  • Place a large plate on top of the tortilla and flip it carefully by holding the pan and plate at the same time.
  • Make sure to wear heat-resistant gloves.
  • Put the tortilla back into the frying pan with the uncooked side down.
  • Fry for a few more minutes on low heat. Check if it's cooked by lifting the underside up.
  • Serve the tortilla cut like a cake (that is how I like it) with a salad on the side.


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