tortilla de patata


  • 2 large potatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • 7 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon fresh herbs (oregano, parsley, thyme, rosemary)
  • a dash of red pepper flakes
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 5 cups olive oil
  • salt and black pepper


Heat up the olive oil. Dice the onion and add to the oil. Bring oil to a boil and reduce heat. Stir to make sure onions aren’t sticking to the bottom of the pan. Dice potatoes. Soak in water for a few minutes to get rid of some of the starch. Drain well, salt the potatoes and add to oil. Again bring oil to a boil and reduce heat. Stir from time to time to make sure nothing sticks to the bottom of the pan. Season the eggs with salt and pepper and whisk lightly. In a mortar, crush garlic, herbs, red pepper flakes, and a pinch of salt. If you don’t have a mortar, simply chop the herbs and garlic and mix with red pepper flakes and pinch of salt. As soon as the potatoes are soft, turn off the heat! (You don’t want your potatoes to get too soft–they’ll cook some more in the sauté pan.)

Stir the herb mixture into the oil. Remove the potatoes and onions from the oil. Use a skimmer to move potatoes from oil into egg mixture. You want to drain as much oil as you can. The 10-inch sauté pan should be warming on medium-low heat, make sure it doesn’t get too hot. Stir potatoes into eggs and then pour this mixture into the sauté pan. A nonstick pan works best, you can also spray it for extra safety. Distribute the mix evenly throughout the pan. Let it cook at slow heat. You will see the edges of the mix get done first. It should be ready to flip in 15 minutes.

Put a 10-inch plate on top of the pan and flip onto it. And then quickly slide back into the sauté pan. Push down the edges of the tortilla with a fork. Let it cook at low heat for another 10 to 15 minutes. When a cake tester or toothpick comes out clean, it’s done! At this point repeat the plate/flip operation. Put a clean 10-inch plate on top of the tortilla and flip onto the plate.
A little bread and wine and you’ll be enjoying one of Spain’s most traditional tapas.

Buen provecho!

See Charlie Adler’s wine pairings for this recipe!

7 Replies to “tortilla de patata”

  1. Yes Yes Yes…. chef can you hear us screaming – WE LOVED this recipe- except ours sure didn't look as good as yours- hee hee!


  2. you missed the main part…I was unable to make the tortilla like my uncle and my aunts do in Spain, until my uncle gave me the secret…you have to cook it with LOVE and PATIENCE! 🙂


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