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Quick Spanish Omelette – Perfect for breakfast!

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A classic recipe like a glorious Spanish omelette has to be treated with care. This is why we asked our friend Cristina Parés from Barcelona, Catalunya (still Spain) to help us out.

And much to our liking she provided us with a quick and tasty version – without sacrificing traditional feeling!

The innovations of our Spanish omelette

We use way less oil than the traditional version, making the recipe much less calorie dense.

Similar taste divided by less time = superior recipe, no arguments there. We halved the cooking time of the potatoes by grating them. It’s not traditional – but it’s very practical.

If you don’t have a suitable grater, you can also just cut the potatoes into thin slices instead (and fry them for fifteen minutes instead of seven), no worries.

With regards to peeling the potatoes, that’s totally up to you! We usually leave the peel off them. Check out our vegan potato soup recipe where we discuss the topic of peeling in more depth.

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Tips and tricks when making a Spanish Omelette

Flipping the omelette: Check out this video by Spaniard Omar Allibhoy on how to flip Spanish omelettes properly. It is a bit tricky, but he handles it like a boss.

By the way, his version of the Spanish omelette is what you would call traditional. Why? Well, one reason is he doesn’t skimp on the olive oil – fuck me, the Spanish love their olive oil, people!

Also, Omar “Oliveoilbhoy” takes his time for each step. Our Spanish omelette is definitely more practical and less time-consuming than the one mentioned above.

Cooking the omelette: The egg-potato-onion mix needs 5 minutes in the pan on low heat to get it firm on the outside – making it possible to flip yet keeping the inside nice and moist.

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Then it needs another 5 minutes until finished. Low heat is very important here otherwise the Spanish omelette will lose it’s moisture.

Keeping an eye on the time is easy and essential – you want this omelette soft and moist. Delicious.

Keep your zen: The classic Spanish omelette is made from very few, very simple ingredients, but it takes some skill and time to get it just “right”.

If you want to master it we recommend checking back to the video above by Omar Allibhoy and listen exactly to what he says – especially regarding the level of heat and cooking time.

And if you like, check out this humorous research on the Spanish omelette by Felicity Cloake from the Guardian to learn even more.

But don’t worry if your omelette doesn’t turn out exactly like it’s said in the Spanish playbook, our version will be absolutely delicious as well, promise!

Last note: For our recipe we used a 20 cm/ 7.8 inch frying pan. A bigger pan is also fine, though you won’t get the thickness the Spanish style omelettes are famous for.

Alright ladies and gentlemen, now it’s time to attempt your own. Good luck, and enjoy!

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Quick Spanish Omelette perfect for breakfast!
4.50 from 12 votes
A modern update to a Spanish classic with less time, less oil and same great taste. Clear and easy instructions mean you’ll nail this Spanish wonder in no time.
Cuisine:Spanish, Vegetarian
Diet: dairy-free, gluten-free
Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:20 minutes
Total Time:25 minutes
Servings:4 people
Author: Cristina & HurryTheFoodUp



  • 1 apple (swap for the onion to make it sweeter)


  • Grate the potato (peel the skin if it looks manky).
  • Dice the onion.
  • Heat the oil in the pan on medium heat and add the potato and onion with a pinch of salt.
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  • Stir every now and then, cooking for about 7 minutes until you have a nice golden brown edge to it.
  • In the meantime, beat the eggs in a mixing bowl, again with a pinch of salt.
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  • When the potato-onion mix is golden brown, add it to the eggs in the mixing bowl. This starts to cook the egg.
  • Put it all back into the pan and cook on a low heat with a lid on for 5 minutes.
  • After this, take the lid off and get a plate that is wider than the pan. Place the plate face down onto the pan. With a firm grip on the handle and the plate, flip it. You can also use the pan’s lid for this.
  • Now slide the omelette back into the pan the other way up. If you’re not sure how to do it we urge you to check out this video. It’ll make life easier.
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  • Cook for another 5 minutes on low heat.
  • Awesome, your omelette is then ready. Serve with a sauce of your choice, and enjoy!
  • Que aproveche!
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IF YOU LIKED THIS RECIPE: Then you’ll want to check out our tomato omelette as well. Even easier to handle and really tasty too. If you think all this omelette theory is a bit too much for you, how about these breakfast egg muffins? Can’t go wrong there!
Or try one of our other amazing egg protein dishes!
Two more tips: you can change the onion for a small apple for a slightly sweeter version. We also recommend trying the omelette over a tomato bruschetta, delicious!
A big thanks to Cristina in Spain for this awesome recipe!


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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  1. Can it be made without potatoes? I do a “quiche” in this same style but have to also bake it. But I like the crisp, firm, but thick-style of this. Several years back I was served one without potatoes that you can cut into wedges and even eat it when cooled, holding it in your hand. It was called “Mexican quiche” and was told it’s traditionally sold at street stands there for folks heading to work in the mornings. Unfortunately, I can’t find any Mexican recipes for anything but thin and folded ones, so suspected it wasn’t actually Mexican at all. Should’ve asked more questions…. I’d just prefer not to use potatoes, but otherwise, this same same style and process, if possible. Would more cheese do it perhaps? Some potato substitute that would hold it together to flip? Thanks for any suggestions!

    1. Hi Erin! Good question. So a couple of ideas come to mind. You could try adding cheese and more onion to replace the potato. I suspect it wouldn’t hold together particularly well, but I’m sure it would still taste very nice. You could also replace the potato with a different veg like carrot or zucchini, I’m sure that would work well. We also have this pie over here: which you do bake, but comes out as really nice type of quiche as well.

      I hope that helps!