How to make a Spanish tortilla

by Marbella Family

Spanish tortilla

Spanish tortilla

If you live in Spain you surely have tasted an authentic Spanish tortilla one time or another. It is a simple dish that is made of potatoes, eggs, onions, salt, and olive oil. My kids love tortilla and have become experts of their own.

I have been searching online for a video on How to Make a Spanish Tortilla and, actually, it is not that easy. There are too many Americanized or British versions out there that are too off the mark. Or there is too much dialogue from so called "experts". One of the chefs flubbed and started talking about his "frittata". Another chef decided to put her tortilla in the oven! A definite no-no in Spain.

There is one video, however, that I found that is very authentic. In fact, his kitchen looks like a typical Spanish one and there is no dialogue. Just simple text every so often. The only variation I would make to his recipe is to cut the potatoes up in chunks as opposed to slices and add onions. This is just a variation and the flavors turn out the same, so not to worry.

See the video on How to Make a Spanish Tortilla. Read the comments below the video as they are interesting and helpful.

Spanish Tortilla recipe:

Don´t take this recipe too literally. Everyone enjoys their tortilla in different ways. A lot depends on the size of your potatoes, eggs and onions. Experiment with different proportions until you get it just right. Just be careful not to overcook your tortilla. No one likes it too dry.

3 potatoes
4 eggs
1 onion
1/2 - 1 cup of olive oil (enough to slightly cover potatoes)
salt to taste


1. Pour olive oil into a pan over medium-high heat; when hot, add onion and stir often until limp, about 5 minutes. Add potatoes, salt,and mix to coat. Cook until potatoes are tender when pierced, about 10 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat eggs with a bit of salt. Add potato mixture and mix gently. Remove oil from frying pan, but leave a little to coat. When pan is hot pour in egg and potato mixture. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until eggs begin to set and bottom is lightly browned, 5 to 8 minutes.

3. Flip tortilla over and cook only a minute or two to cook bottom. Make sure that you do not overcook your tortilla. It should be soft and a little wet in the middle.


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Nov 09, 2012
The Best Spanish Tortilla Recipe
by: Pam

My husband and I have lived in Marbella since the 1970's and have gathered and experimented with many traditional Spanish/Mediterranean recipes. In fact we have spent many happy years cooking and filling our website with them. This is our favorite tortilla recipe Why not check out the rest of the site for other Mediterranean treats.
Happy Cooking!
Pam and David Lynn

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