José Pizarro’s asparagus tortilla

José Pizarro’s asparagus tortilla
  • Serves icon Serves 4–6 as tapas
  • Time icon Hands-on time 10 mins, cook time 30 mins

Spanish chef José Pizarro shares his easy recipe for an asparagus tortilla made with just a few simple ingredients. Best made when British asparagus is in season, from April – June.

Make your meal a little more substantial in this asparagus frittata recipe, made with new potatoes.


  • Extra-virgin olive oil for frying
  • 1 onion, finely sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 bunches (250g) wild or farmed asparagus, chopped into small chunks
  • 4 free-range eggs


  1. Pour a glug of the olive oil into a frying pan over a medium-low heat and cook the onion for 10–15 minutes until lovely and soft. Add the garlic and asparagus and cook over a high heat for 5 minutes until tender and golden. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs, then add the asparagus mix and plenty of sea salt and ground black pepper.
  3. Pour another glug of the oil into an 18cm non-stick frying pan over a high heat. When the oil is hot, add the egg mixture. Swirl the pan until the mixture starts to set around the edges, then reduce the heat and cook for 4–5 minutes, until the tortilla just starts to set, so the bottom and sides are golden but the middle is still quite loose.
  4. Cover the pan with a flat lid or board and turn the tortilla carefully onto it. Don’t worry that it is still quite runny, it will all come back together when you continue to cook it. Slide the tortilla back into the pan and, over a low heat, use a spatula to tuck the edges under to give it its characteristic curved look. Cook for 2 minutes, then turn onto a board and serve. It should still be lovely and juicy in the middle when you cut into it.

Recipe By

José Pizarro


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