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How to Make the World's Fastest Tortilla: Ferran Adrià's Lightning-Fast Recipe

Alessandra Meldolesi
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Ferran Adrià loves provocations. Watch him prepare a tortilla, but with potato chips for that extra crunch. It's practically “a piece of cake”!

The dish

Sarcasm has always been a distinctive feature of Ferran Adrià's cuisine, where he loves to blend high and low, even if it means causing a scandal. Moreover, his is the fastest tortilla in the world ("as well as very delicious"), as there's no need for any garnish preparation.

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Timing is paramount since the chips must not get soggy at all, and the eggs themselves should remain very soft: the Catalan chef jokingly calculated 3 minutes and 50 seconds on Instagram.

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ferran adria Gianluca Battista
@Gianluca Battista

Developed a few years ago for a competition, this incredible tortilla ranked fifth but continues to make headlines. It was later included in "The Family Meal: Home Cooking with Ferran Adrià," a volume published by Phaidon in 2011. Given the simplicity of preparation, the advice is to focus on the quality of the ingredients: eggs, chips, and olive oil.


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Ingredients for 2 people

  • 6 eggs
  • 140 g of potato chips 
  • 4 table spoons of olive oil 


Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a non-stick pan.

Break the eggs into a bowl and beat them until they become frothy with a whisk. Add the potato chips without breaking them and let them rest for 1 minute. Season with moderation (the chips are already salty).

Pour the mixture into the pan and stir with a spatula. After 40 seconds, when the eggs begin to set, flip with the help of a plate.

Put the pan back on the heat, add the rest of the oil, and cook the tortilla on the other side. Let it rest for 20 seconds until it's ready. Season to taste with Espelette chili or paprika and add a sprinkle of chives and a handful of grated Manchego cheese if desired.

Chef's cover photos: @Pal Hansen

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