Recipes from Abroad: How to Make a Spanish Omelette

Recipes from Abroad: How to Make a Spanish Omelette

Being an exchange student is one of the most exciting things that exists. You get the opportunity to experience the world with new people who have different ideas and perspectives. It’s a chance to learn things you could never have possibly imagined you would learn, and try things you could never have possibly imagined you would try. Studying abroad is about getting out there, breaking your comfort zone, and trying new things.

During your time abroad, you will probably be eating lots of new foods and trying things you’ve never had before. While living and studying in Spain, I have had the chance to try the local cuisine. The basic, most typical Spanish food, aside from jamon, is tortilla de patatas, a Spanish omelette. Luckily, now you don’t have to wait until your next trip abroad to experience this Spanish staple.

Check out Louise’s cooking tutorial and recipe below!

The recipe differs from family to family based on your likes, but the following recipe is what my host family uses:

  1. You will need 2 onions, 2 potatoes, and 4 eggs (cut the onions into little pieces and the potatoes into thin slices).
  2. Heat up a pan with a little bit of olive oil in it and add the onions and potatoes.
  3. While the onions and potatoes are cooking, crack the four eggs into a bowl and mix them.
  4. Once the onions are cooked and the potatoes are soft, you will add them into the bowl with the eggs. Add a pinch of salt.
  5. Mix it all together, and pour them into a new circular pan (the shape of the tortilla is important).
  6. Put a lid over the pan and let it sit for a few minutes.
  7. You will now need a plate because you have to flip the the tortilla over to let the other side cook, it’s a risky maneuver.
  8. Once the tortilla is safely flipped and both sides are cooked thoroughly, it is ready to be enjoyed.


Louise Plever is 15 years old and lives in Asheville, North Carolina. Her goal during her study abroad program in Spain is “to become fluent in Spanish and make friends that will last a lifetime.” Follow Louise’s adventure in Spain on her blog post updates throughout the year.

Do you have any favorite recipes inspired by your travels? Share them below!

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