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Spanish tortilla

Spanish tortilla is a classic tapas menu item and for good reason. Great for lunch or as part of a tapas meal.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Lunch, Tapas/Mezze
Cuisine: Spanish
Servings: 2 -8 depending on how served
Calories: 347kcal
Author: Caroline's Cooking


  • 13 oz potato 370g, or you can use rutabaga/swede (I use nearer 14oz/400g with this)
  • 1 onion small-medium
  • 1 ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 eggs large
  • salt and pepper


  • Peel the potato/rutabaga and onion. Cut the potato/rutabaga in to relatively thin disks - this is probably easiest if you cut chunks around 1in/2.5cm square or a bit smaller then slice them around ⅛in/3mm thick. Peel and dice the onion.
  • Heat the oil in a small skillet/frying pan over a medium heat then add the potato/rutabaga and onion. Cook, stirring regularly to move the bottom pieces to the top and prevent browning for around 20min, until the potato/rutabaga slices are soft to the knifepoint.
  • Beat the eggs in a medium bowl and season with salt and pepper. Add the cooked potato/rutabaga and onion and mix through.
  • Add a little more oil to the skillet if it is dry then tip in the egg mixture and cook over a medium-low heat until you can see it has cooked round the outside and is fairly set in the middle. Heat the broiler/grill and put the pan under until the top is fully set - you aren't looking for it to brown too much, just set the egg.
  • Allow to rest slightly before loosening from the pan, then place a plate over the pan and invert onto the plate. Serve warm or room temperature in slices or cubes.



Note - if using potatoes, I find it helps to put the slices of potato in a bowl of water as you cut them to help save them from browning and remove some excess starch. Pat the slices dry before adding to the skillet. 


Calories: 347kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 327mg | Sodium: 145mg | Potassium: 962mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 475IU | Vitamin C: 25.1mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 7.6mg