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A plate of huevos estrellados sits with potatoes, eggs, and ham.

Huevos estrellados (Madrid-style eggs and potatoes)

Huevos estrellados is a classic Spanish recipe that uses just 5 ingredients: Eggs, potatoes, olive oil, salt, and ham. In the culinary capital of Spain, Madrid, you’ll find this super easy-to-make recipe served as a tapas day or night. Come the winter months, this is the perfect recipe to cookup for comfort food and best of all can be easily made in under 30 minutes!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course appertizer, Breakfast, Side Dish, Snack, tapas
Cuisine American, Authentic Spanish recipe, Spain
Servings 4 Tapas
Calories 580 kcal


  • 1 large 12-inch (30cm) frying pan with deep sides of around 2-3 inches (5-8cm)
  • 1 colander (to drain the oil from the potatoes)


  • 4 eggs free range eggs at room temperature is best
  • 2 large potatoes
  • 100 g/3.5oz. of good quality ham Jamon Iberico or serrano hamare both good options
  • 150 ml of extra virgin olive oil enough to cover your potatoes
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Step 1 - Prepare the potatoes

  • First, peel and scallop your potatoes. Try to make the scallops around 1/8th of an inch thick (5mm).
    2 large potatoes
    scalloped potatoes- step 1
  • Next, heat up the olive oil in the frying pan on medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot (but not smoking), carefully add the scalloped potatoes and make sure the potatoes are covered with oil so they cook evenly. Pan-fry for around 10-15 minutes on medium-high heat turning the potatoes occasionally (carefully fold so they don’t break up).
    150 ml of extra virgin olive oil, 2 large potatoes
    scalloped potatoes fry in oil
  • Once cooked, strain off the excess oil by adding them to a colander with a bowl below. Then, transfer the potatoes to your final serving plate or bowl.
    a plate of golen pan-fried potato scallops

Step 2- Add ham and eggs

  • Next, with the same pan you used to cook the potatoes (there should be plenty of oil in there already), turn the heat to medium, and pan-fry the eggs for a few moments. Try to keep the yolk slightly runny.
    4 eggs
    an egg is fried in a pan
  • Add a layer of ham to your potatoes.
    100 g/3.5oz. of good quality ham
    a plate of golden fried potatoes with some jamon iberico on top
  • Once the eggs are cooked, transfer them on top of the ham and season with a bit of salt to taste. Serve immediately while still piping hot.
    Salt and pepper to taste
    a close up of a plate of heuvos estrellados



Serving: 100gCalories: 580kcalCarbohydrates: 29.3gProtein: 16.7gFat: 46gSaturated Fat: 8.5gCholesterol: 199mgSodium: 561mgPotassium: 810mgFiber: 4.4gSugar: 2.5gCalcium: 40mgIron: 2mg
Keyword 30-minute-meal, Easy Dinner ideas, easy to make, Eggs, huevos estrellados, jamon Iberico, potato, Spanish tapas