Authentic Spanish tortilla (omelette)

    30 min

    This is very easy to make, it doesn't cost a fortune and most people have a couple of onions, potatoes and eggs spare. It's low on cost and high on taste. It's ideal to eat hot or cold and great to eat with a salad. Please note you will need a deep fat fryer, a frying pan and a dinner plate.


    Yorkshire, England, UK
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    Serves: 8 

    • Oil for deep frying
    • 4 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 large onions, thinly sliced
    • 2 large potatoes, thinly sliced
    • 3 eggs
    • salt and pepper to taste

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Turn deep fat fryer on to 150 degrees C.
    2. Put 4 tablespoons of olive oil in the frying pan and saute onions over a medium heat until they soften.
    3. Place potatoes in the basket of deep fat fryer and gently lower basket into hot oil. Allow potatoes to cook for around 8 minutes (until sliced potatoes are soft but not crispy).
    4. Empty onions and potatoes in to a large bowl. Whisk the 3 eggs and add a good pinch of salt and pepper. Pour eggs into bowl and mix with a fork to ensure both onions and potatoes are well coated with egg. It doesn't matter if potatoes break up at all.
    5. Empty the bowl into the frying pan (no need to add oil). Pat down potatoes and egg mixture and allow to fry over a medium heat for around 7 minutes.
    6. Take dinner plate and place over frying pan. Flip onto plate and place the uncooked side face down back in to frying pan. Again, cook for 5 -7 minutes over medium heat.
    7. Flip out onto clean dinner plate and enjoy!

    Make ahead

    You can keep this in a fridge for 5 days. The flavour improves after a day. Wrap in cling film.

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    Making this for the second time tonight - this recipe is tasty and super-easy! To please my meat-loving husband I fry some thin cut strips of streaky bacon along with the onions - yum!  -  21 Feb 2013


    Very easy and yumny recipes. I added bell peppers and mushrooms. Healthy version!! :-)  -  26 Jul 2015