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Best Spanish Potatoes and Eggs Recipe

If there is something that they know how to do well in the south of Spain, it is the wonderful recipes with potatoes and eggs. 

This is the recipe for making Spanish potatoes and eggs, an easy recipe to make that also takes less than an hour to prepare.

For breakfast, lunch, or as a tapa, Spanish potatoes and eggs work for any occasion and time of day. Continue reading to learn how to make it yourself.

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Background of the Dish

spanish potatoes and eggs in a frying pan on a wooden table.

Spanish potatoes and eggs, also known as huevos rotos, were originally created in Madrid, Spain.

Over time the recipe reached the south of the country, where people added different toppings such as chorizo, or serrano ham (which is the case of the recipe in this article).

Although Spanish potatoes and eggs is a famous breakfast food, you can serve it any time of the day as it is the perfect snack.

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Huevos rotos on a blue plate with other ingredients next to it. On top it's written Spanish potatoes and eggs.

Things You’ll Need for Spanish Potatoes and Eggs

As its name says, to make Spanish potatoes and eggs you only need eggs and potatoes. In this case, we add the serrano ham to give it an extra touch.

Other Spanish recipes that you can try are Croquettes de ham or Pan con tomate.

potatoes and eggs on a wooden table

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 5 potatoes
  • 250 g of serrano ham
  • Vegetable oil (for frying)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to Make Spanish Potatoes and Eggs – Step by Step Guide

pan with oil for frying on a stove for preparing spanish potatoes and eggs.
  1. To start making this potato egg recipe, peel and wash the potatoes, and cut them into thin slices. You can leave them for 10 minutes in a bowl with water to eliminate the starch, then drain well and dry them with absorbent paper.
  1. After that, put the oil in a large frying pan, and when it is hot add the potatoes. Cook over medium heat until they are tender and at that time raise the heat to the maximum to get them to brown.
  1. For the next step, take out the potatoes and leave them on kitchen paper so that the oil drains well.
  1. Then, transfer the potatoes to a plate or dish where you will serve them, and season them with a little salt.
  1. Now put the ham on top of the Spanish potatoes.
  1. Fry the cracked eggs, better if you leave the yolk moist and then dip a piece of bread or the same potatoes.
  1. The final step in this huevos rotos recipe is to put the eggs on top of the ham, and just add a little more salt if necessary. Serve the eggs and potatoes warm.

Substitution of Ingredients

spanish potatoes and eggs in a pan with chorizo slices

For this recipe, you cannot miss the potatoes and eggs, but we will still present some possible changes so that you can customize it according to your tastes.

You can do like other potato egg recipes and use sweet potato or pumpkin sticks as the “potato mattress” for the egg.

Since it is an eggs and potatoes breakfast you can choose to replace the serrano ham with bacon, or regular ham, or eliminate it completely.

Like other egg and potato recipes, in this case, some slices or small cubes of chorizo can also go very well.

Tips on Serving Spanish Potatoes and Eggs

spanish potatoes and eggs on a white plate with wooden background

Unlike other breakfast recipes with eggs and potatoes, these Spanish potatoes and eggs can be served for lunch or dinner.

Give each of the diners a fork and let each person add as many huevos rotos as they want to the plate.

You can also put a little hot sauce on top of these Spanish eggs to add extra flavor or an aioli drizzle. 

Some people even add shredded cheese to melt in the heat of the potato.

Want to try other delicious spansih breakfast recipes? Make sure you try the Spanish omelet recipe and the famous tortilla de patatas.

And if you want something sweet for breakfast, you can always try the Spanish magdalenas and the soft ensaymada recipe.

How to Store Spanish Potatoes and Eggs

How to Store Spanish Potatoes and Eggs. A photo with different products in a fridge

As with many egg potato recipes such as the Spanish omelet recipe, the broken egg is not meant to be stored but rather is made to be eaten right away.

You can keep the Spanish potatoes and eggs in the fridge until serving, but only during serving.

Otherwise, the potatoes become soggy and the egg loses its desired texture.

Recipe Card: Spanish Potatoes and Eggs

Yield: 4

Spanish Potatoes and Eggs Recipe

closeup with spanish potatoes and eggs on a white plate.

If there is something that they know how to do well in the south of Spain, it is the wonderful recipes with potatoes and eggs. 

This is the recipe for making Spanish potatoes and eggs, an easy recipe to make that also takes less than an hour to prepare.

For breakfast, lunch, or as a tapa, Spanish potatoes and eggs work for any occasion and time of day.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 5 potatoes
  • 250 g of serrano ham
  • Vegetable oil (for frying)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Peel and wash the potatoes, and cut them into thin slices. You can leave them for 10 minutes in a bowl with water to eliminate the starch, then drain well and dry them with absorbent paper.
  2. Put the oil in a large frying pan and when it is hot add the potatoes. Cook over medium heat until they are tender and at that time raise the heat to get them to golden.
  3. Take out the potatoes and leave them on kitchen paper so that the oil drains well.
  4. Transfer the potatoes to a plate or dish where you will serve them, and season them with a little salt.
  5. Put the serrano ham on the potatoes.
  6. Fry the eggs, better if you leave the yolk moist and then dip a piece of bread or the same potatoes.
  7. Put the eggs on top of the ham, and just add a little more salt if necessary.

Notes

Potatoes and eggs are the classic ingredients so you might want to skip the serrano ham.

Anyway, it gives a fantastic flavor to the smashed eggs so we encourage you to use it.

Be careful with the amount of salt you add to this egg potato recipe as the serrano ham gives it an extra salty touch.

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 379Total Fat 13.4gSaturated Fat 3.9gCholesterol 199mgSodium 893mgCarbohydrates 44.6gFiber 7.2gSugar 3.4gProtein 20g

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