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All Recipes, Main Dishes / April 9, 2021

Spanish Poor Man´s Eggs & Potatoes | One of Spain´s Most Classic Dishes

Spain is known for making some historic dishes, and these Spanish Poor Man´s Eggs & Potatoes are no exception. This dish hails from the 16th century and promises to be one of the best-tasting egg dishes ever.

Spanish Poor Man´s Eggs & Potatoes
This dish is easy to make, packed with simple yet delicious flavors and made with the most humble ingredients. You can serve it as a starter like they do here in Spain, or even for breakfast next to a crusty baguette.

Spanish Poor Man´s Eggs & Potatoes
The secret to this recipe is to use the highest-quality ingredients. Like cage-free organic eggs, a great Spanish olive oil and the freshest produce.

Spanish Poor Man´s Eggs & Potatoes
TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: Make sure to fry the potatoes on a medium heat and nothing higher. Otherwise they will brown too quickly on the outside and not fully cook in the inside. When you whisk the eggs, just lightly whisk them, you want to have some egg whites still there. It´s what gives this dish that incredible flavor.

Spanish Poor Man´s Eggs & Potatoes

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Spanish Poor Man´s Eggs & Potatoes

Course Breakfast, Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 2
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil 90 ml
  • 3 medium sized potatoes
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 5 cage-free organic eggs
  • handful freshly chopped parsley
  • sea salt & black pepper


  1. Cut 3 potatoes (washed & patted dry) into small 1 cm (3/8 inch) thick pieces

  2. Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in 1/3 cup (90 ml) extra virgin olive oil

  3. After heating the olive oil for 5 minutes, add the cut potatoes into the pan, mix every 3 to 4 minutes

  4. Meanwhile, cut 1 green bell pepper into thin strips that are 5 cm (2 inches) long, thinly slice 1 onion, thinly slice 4 cloves garlic and crack 5 eggs into a bowl, season with sea salt & black pepper and lightly whisk together for just 5 to 10 seconds

  5. After frying the potatoes for 25 minutes, they should be perfectly cooked, just pierce with a toothpick to ensure they are done, remove the potatoes from the pan and set aside

  6. Using the same pan with the same heat, add in the sliced green bell pepper, sliced onion and sliced garlic, mix with the olive oil

  7. After 6 to 8 minutes and the vegetables are lightly sauteed, lower the fire to a low-medium heat, add the fried potatoes back into the pan, season everything with sea salt & black pepper and mix together, then add in the whisked eggs and continue to mix everything together, cook for 3 to 4 minutes while mixing, then remove from the heat, transfer into a serving dish and sprinkle with freshly chopped parsley, serve at once, enjoy!

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  1. Marifrances Schaffrath

    5 stars
    Couldn’t wait to try this recipe. I just picked some onion and green peppers from my garden. I air fried my potatoes because I need to cut as much oil out of my diet as I can. Turned out great, simple ingredients that I never thought to put together.

    01 . Sep . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      02 . Sep . 2022
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  3. Ruud.

    Already made your Murcia gypsy stew and the 1 pan garlic penne; both were tasting really great and i enjoy cooking like this. Toninght i do the spanish poor man’s potatoes and i am allready enjoying myself.
    I don’t eat meat, but do eat fish and eggs, so the cooking on your site is very nice to do; thanks for the good recepies.

    02 . Jun . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      SO happy to hear that! thanks for the comment 🙂 much love

      02 . Jun . 2021
  4. Kim

    How is it a poor man’s dish if one were to use only the highest quality ingredients? Isn’t that defeating the point of being a poor man’s dish?

    18 . May . 2021
  5. Deb

    Where is the cookbook? Coming soon, I hope!

    10 . Apr . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      Hopefully soon! Much love 🙂

      10 . Apr . 2021
  6. Ramya

    sorry i meant am not a big fan of bell peppers can i leave it out Thanks Ramya

    10 . Apr . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      Yes you can leave out the bell peppers 🙂 much love

      10 . Apr . 2021
  7. Ramya

    will be making this soo can i skip green bell pepper as am not a big fan of it i never had spanish poor mans eggs potatoes before perfect for my after office meals will dm you if i make this and let you know how it goes Thanks Ramya

    09 . Apr . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      You can substitute the green bell pepper for red bell pepper 🙂 much love

      10 . Apr . 2021

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