Tortilla Española in a skillet

Tortilla Española

This Spanish Omelette, a.k.a Tortilla Española, is Spain's classic tapa. It is such a simple and versatile meal – great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Spanish
Keyword espanola, omelette, spanish, tortilla
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8
Calories per serving 237 kcal


  • 2 cups extra virgin oil olive
  • 8 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into ¾ pieces inch (I used russet potatoes)
  • 2 small onions, halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons salt divided
  • McCormick freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 7 eggs, separated


  1. Heat the oil in a medium (9 inch) nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Cook potatoes, turning occasionally, until soft, about 10-15 minutes. Add onion and mix to incorporate. Add 1 teaspoon of salt and black pepper to taste; cook until onion is translucent and fragrant, and the potatoes are lightly golden, about 5 minutes. Remove carefully the potatoes and onion, with a slotted spoon, from the skillet and place on a large plate. Remove the oil from the skillet, leaving only 2 to 3 tablespoons of oil to cook the tortilla.

  2. In a large bowl add the eggs white and whisk vigorously until the mixture is frothy and increased in size, about 3 minutes. Stir in egg yolks, and the remaining teaspoon of salt; mix until incorporated. Add potatoes with onion and mix.
  3. Slightly heat the oil in the skillet over low heat. Add the eggs and potatoes mixture. Cover and cook for 10-15 minutes, or until the tortilla is almost set. Check that the tortilla is cooked on the bottom and not sticking to the skillet. Invert tortilla using a large plate, then slide it back into the skillet and cook the other side for 5 -8 minutes, or until fully cooked.

  4. Cut the tortilla and serve warm or at room temperature.

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Please note that nutritional information is a rough estimate and it can vary depending on the products used.

Nutrition Facts
Tortilla Española
Amount Per Serving
Calories 237 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 143mg 48%
Sodium 659mg 27%
Potassium 973mg 28%
Total Carbohydrates 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 1g
Protein 11g 22%
Vitamin A 4.2%
Vitamin C 31.9%
Calcium 9.2%
Iron 42.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.