Spanish Tortilla

Spanish Tortilla

By January 8, 2015

Spanish Tortilla is a delicious recipe made with eggs, potatoes and olive oil. Rich, delicious and perfect as a main course or side dish. Dress it up with spices, various cheeses or onions. You can certainly make this dish your own. Definitely worth trying!

  • Prep Time : 10 minutes
  • Cook Time : 30 minutes
  • Yield : approximately 8 slices



In a large skillet heat the olive oil over medium low. (Olive oil heats up quickly and cools down very slowly. Be prepared to reduce the heat level very quickly.)

Note: The key to this recipe is not letting the potatoes boil, but simply simmer slightly.

Once the olive oil is hot, carefully add the potatoes (and onions if desired) -- (When adding the potatoes, they may splatter and it could be easy to burn yourself.) Using a wooden spoon, flatten the potatoes into the oil so that they are all covered by oil.

Here's the easiest part: Let the potatoes lightly simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, prepare a bowl and add the 3 eggs. Beat until well combined. Add the salt (and spices if you desire) and set aside.

Once the potatoes are tender (after your 20 minute timer has gone off) remove the potatoes with a slotted spoon and add them to your egg mixture. Gently toss to coat.

Remove the oil from the pan, reserving 1/4 cup.

In the same skillet, add the 1/4 cup oil back into the pan and bring to medium heat. Pour the egg & potato mixture back into the pan and spread it out so that it covers the bottom of the pan evenly. Cook for about 5 minutes or until you can place a spatula under the mixture and it is light golden brown. Once it's light brown this would be the time to add your cheese by sprinkling it over the top. Our exchange student likes hers with about 1/4 cup cheddar cheese. My 7 year old would love cups of cheese on hers. You be the judge of yours.

Here's the fanciest part where you'll feel like a chef: Using a large plate place the plate upside down over the top of the skillet. Holding the plate tightly to the skillet, pick the skillet up and flip it over. Then, gently slide the Tortilla off the plate back into the skillet to brown the other side. TA DA! Don't you feel like a pro!?!?

Let it cook for another 3-5 minutes. You'll be able to see the tortilla cook through on the sides. It's the middle you'll want to make sure you test to ensure it's cooked through.

Now, slide it onto a plate and cut it as you would a pie. Our kiddos like to dip theirs in ketchup (along with every other food under the sun).

Now, go tell your friends about Spanish Tortilla and watch how impressed they are with your worldly knowledge.


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This year we are hosting a foreign exchange student from Spain. When I asked her what her favorite food is she said, “tortilla”. Well, I thought that was easy enough, we keep tortillas in the house all of the time. I was so excited to show her that we had tortillas and when she saw them she immediately looked puzzled. She said, “That’s not tortilla.” She began educating me on what “Spanish tortilla” actually is.

Spanish tortilla, she told me, is pronounced “torti-ja” (with a J). It tastes similar to french fries in a completely different form. My 7 year old daughter is a HUGE fan and asks for it almost nightly. It has become a staple in our home not just because of how delicious and easy it is to make, but also because it’s allergen free (no gluten, dairy, soy or peanuts). Winner!

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