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All Recipes, Main Dishes / May 31, 2021

The Authentic Tortilla Española | Spanish Potato & Onion Omelette

Today we are making Spain´s most iconic dish. We´re talking The Authentic Tortilla Española. This Spanish Potato & Onion Omelette is easy to make, packed with flavors and made with the most simple ingredients.

The Authentic Tortilla Española
You will find this classic omelette in almost every single tapas bar and restaurant here in Spain. Now, you can easily make it at home and bring the flavors of Spain into your kitchen.

The Authentic Tortilla Española
The secret to this simple recipe, is to use the highest-quality ingredients. Like cage-free organic eggs and a great Spanish Olive Oil. These ingredinets, make all the difference in this Spanish tortilla.

The Authentic Tortilla Española
TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: To make this Spanish tortilla I used a Spanish Omelette Pan. This pan is specifically made to make Spanish tortillas. It makes the flip to cook the other side effort-less. Of course. you can go the traditional way, by using a plate. Just place it over the pan and then flip the pan into the plate and slide back into the pan.

The Authentic Tortilla Española

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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The Authentic Tortilla Española | Spanish Potato & Onion Omelette

Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 125 ml
  • 3 medium sized potatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • 6 large cage-free organic eggs
  • sea salt


  1. Heat a nonstick fry pan with a medium heat and add in a generous 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

  2. Roughly dice 1 large onion and add to the pan with the olive oil, mix so all the onions are coated in the olive oil and let the onions poach in the olive oil

  3. Meanwhile, peel & wash 3 medium sized potatoes, then cut each one into 4 evenly sized quarters, cut each quarter down the middle and then cut into 1/4 inch (.625 cm) thick pieces

  4. After cooking the onions for 5 to 6 minutes and they are translucent, add in the chopped potatoes, mix together so all the potatoes are coated in the olive oil, mix every 2 to 3 minutes so everything is evenly cooked

  5. While the potatoes are cooking, crack 6 large eggs into a large bowl, whisk together until well combined

  6. After cooking the potatoes for 22 to 24 minutes and they have a golden fried color, they should be perfectly cooked, just pierce them with a toothpick to ensure they are all fully cooked, remove the pan from the heat and transfer the potatoes & onions into the bowl with the eggs, making sure to leave some of the olive oil in the pan, season generously with sea salt and mix together until well combined, set aside for 5 minutes

  7. Heat the same pan with a low-medium heat and add in the egg & potato mixture, make sure it´s all in a flat single layer, after 2 minutes run a spatula through the outer edges, to ensure the eggs are not sticking to the pan

  8. After 4 to 5 minutes it´s time to flip the tortilla to cook the other side, place the other pan over the bottom pan and hook together, firmly hold the handles and in one swift move flip the pans, remove the top pan, using the back of a spatula compact the tortilla from the outer edges into the center to achieve the rounded edge

  9. After another 4 to 5 minutes, the tortilla should be perfectly cooked, remove the pan from the heat and transfer into a serving dish, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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  1. Elayne

    5 stars
    First time I mad this was when we rented a house in Catalonia last month and just got home and made it again. Delicious! I’m even getting better with flipping it over…thank you

    15 . Sep . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Much love 🙂

      16 . Sep . 2022
  2. Siobhan

    4 stars
    I came across this recipe on YouTube today and I had the ingredients on hand to make it for dinner.

    It was tasty! I don’t think I added enough salt to the egg and vegetable mixture, so I’ll adjust that for next time. I also had a little trouble flipping it but I’m sure I’ll get it with practice.

    Thank you for this recipe – great for making on a weeknight, and doesn’t require many ingredients.

    09 . Sep . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Glad you enjoyed it! With practice you will get the flip 🙂 Much love

      10 . Sep . 2022
  3. David Scott Allen

    I just made this after watching your video this morning — preparing for our trip to Andalucia in September/October. Your directions were perfect, and it came out perfectly, too. And the flavor? Amazing. Thanks, and we look forward to many of your recipes in the future. ¡Muchas gracias !

    02 . Aug . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

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

      03 . Aug . 2022
  4. Edwin Yerhot

    Very good post. I definitely love this site. Keep it up!

    22 . Jun . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Appreciate the comment 🙂 Much love!

      22 . Jun . 2022
  5. Norma Giglio

    Thank you for your recipe. My Papi (from Galicia) made tortilla all the time, he passed away 4 years ago. I’ve tried making but never comes as good I will try your method. He also used to make it sometimes with chorizo for extra deliciousness!

    19 . Nov . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sending my love 🙂 Saludos!

      19 . Nov . 2021
  6. SMA

    4 stars
    Tasted great. Served it with a slice of tomato and avocado. Wish someone would come show me how to flip it without breaking it apart! 🙂

    19 . Nov . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      With practice you will get it! Much love 🙂

      19 . Nov . 2021
  7. Chris A

    I love making this dish! It’s so funny that when I first made it I was so nervous and I felt like it took forever.

    Now I can whip it up so easily and I see why the Spaniards always have it around. It’s so nice to make and so delicious!

    26 . Jun . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Much love 🙂

      26 . Jun . 2021
  8. Martha

    5 stars
    I like the soft center but many Spaniards (those that I know from Murcia) never use onions in tortilla. Just FYI!

    23 . Jun . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      Without onions, it´s called tortilla de patatas, which is very popular throughout all of Spain 🙂 thanks for the comment! much love

      24 . Jun . 2021
  9. laurelie campeau

    5 stars
    This was surprisingly tasty and filling, not to mention easy to make and extremely affordable and nutritious!

    02 . Jun . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

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

      02 . Jun . 2021
  10. Cedric Silvester

    4 stars
    I will be making this for may weekly “breakfast for supper” day. Looks fantastic!
    If you were to add cheese to this, what type would you prefer? What type would be OK if I can’t that?


    02 . Jun . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      You can add cheese if you like, I would recommend a mild manchego cheese 🙂 much love!

      02 . Jun . 2021
  11. Ramya

    just made this i used 1 potato and green onions instead and i am baking it instead of pan as am tired after work it is my first recipe of yours to make it the eggs baked nicely in the oven having it for my dinner later my sister love this also i love this Thanks Ramya

    01 . Jun . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that Ramya! Much love 🙂

      01 . Jun . 2021

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