Famous Dishes From Spain You Have To Try
How many truly authentic Spanish dishes have you tried? No, sorry you can’t count Americanized Spanish restaurant foods.
We’re talking about delicious Spanish foods that come straight from the streets of Seville to the kitchens of Catalonia!
If you have ties to the amazing Spanish culture, then you’re probably familiar with a couple of authentic Spanish recipes.
But if you’re a Latin food enthusiast who needs some direction towards scrumptious Spanish meals worth trying, then look no further.
We’re here to help! We’ve put together a list of Spanish dishes that will have your stomach begging for more! Keep reading to find out more.
The Spanish version of croquettes is croquetas. And they’re made with several different fillings. The most popular filling for this Spanish delight is jamón (ham).
They’re found in almost every restaurant or bar in Spain. But each establishment presents them in their own style.
Croquetas are made with the main ingredient of choice which could vary from ham, fish, cheese, vegetables, ground meat, potatoes, and more.
The main ingredient mixes with béchamel, white bread, egg, onion, and any other type of filling and spices. The ingredients used varies on who is making it.
But no matter what’s used, everything’s rounded together in the shape of a disk and deep fried into perfection.
Because there are so many options and ways to make croquetas, there’s no telling how one might differ from the other without tasting them yourself.
And whether they’re made with ham or vegetables only, one thing remains true: they’re delicious!
2. Rabo De Toro
Traditionally created and served after the bullfights, rabo de toro is bull’s tail stew or stewed bull’s tail!
If while visiting Spain you happen to ask for or mention stew, you’ll most likely be directed towards rabo de toro. It’s one of Spain’s most popular stews.
The bull’s tail is braised until it reaches a tenderness perfection. It’s a Spanish meal that’s filled with history. And it can’t be missed!
Pisto is a Spanish ratatouille dish. Usually eaten as a tapa, appetizer, or side dish, this Spanish meal can also be served as a main dish when paired with chorizo or a fried egg.
It’s filled with many different vegetables springing with a variety of garden flavors. Veggies like tomatoes, peppers, onions, zucchini, garlic, eggplant and more are paired together with olive oil to create a wonderful dish.
It’s usually served warm. And it’s a great starter to any meal. But if you want to add even more flavor to this dish, then try grilling the vegetables! Use vegetables that are favorites in your home.
And don’t feel obligated to stick to a recipe precisely. You can spice it up or cool it down depending on what types of spices and herbs you want to use in this wonderful Spanish tapas dish.
Paella is a flavorsome Spanish rice dish served with vegetables and meats. It can be made with chicken, rabbit, or both. Or, sometimes seafood is used in the dish such as fish, muscles, calamari, and others!
It simply depends on what you like or where you order it from. Vegetables can also vary. But white and green beans are usually present.
It’s one of the most colorful and traditional Spanish meals, especially when topped with vibrant prawns. But for an even more unique flare, some places offer paella with arroz negro (black rice). It’s stained with octopus ink to get it’s color and produces a rich taste.
Made with beef cheek or pork cheek, carrillada is a mouthwatering Spanish delight that melts in your mouth.
The meat in carrillada is usually braised in a mixture of popular Spanish sauces. Because the meat is so tender, it resembles a pot roast texture.
The sauces that the dish is prepared in often times relies on the type of meat that is used. When using pork cheek, it’s best to use garlic, tomatoes, and port wine or white wine with onions and carrots.
When using beef cheek, it’s best to use red wines with onion or a mushroom sauce mixed with wine and tomatoes.
Either meat can be braised in a variety of sauces and still taste yummy. But these suggestions are sure to give the dish an extra spark!
If you love a fresh bowl of tomato soup, then Gazpacho is a Spanish dish you’re sure to love!
And if you’re accustomed to eating canned tomato soup, then you’re really in for a treat. Because canned soup has nothing on this Spanish recipe.
Gazpacho is made with fresh Spanish tomatoes bursting with flavor. The tomatoes are blended with other ingredients such as cucumbers, green peppers, onions, vinegar, garlic, and herbs.
This bowl of soup is absolutely mouthwatering.
Thought Spain was famous for only one cold soup?
Not a chance, it gets even better. Salmorejo is a very similar dish. But it’s made from blending the fresh tomatoes with bread, garlic, and vinegar.
It’s served hot or cold and is topped off with Spanish ham or pieces of hard boiled egg sprinkled on top.
8. Jamón Ibérico
Cured Iberian ham or, Jamón Ibérico, is one of Spain’s most universal snacks. The cured ham is sliced into incredibly thin slices.
And it’s the perfect snack to nibble on alone or coupled with fine cheese.
When traveling the streets of Spain, it’s not uncommon to find jamón Ibérico hanging from store and bar ceilings.
And if you’re lucky enough to try this Spanish snack while in Spain, then you’ll need to grab some locally made Spanish cheese as well.
If not in Spain, you can shop for jamón ibérico online. It’s the perfect mid-day snack that’s hearty but not overwhelming.
Cochinillo is a very popular Spanish dish found mostly in the city of Segovia.
This meal features a suckling pig roasting on an outdoor spit. It’s a great way to gather around friends and family.
Roasting the pig creates extremely tender meat that doesn’t require a knife to cut.
With a few veggies and some fruity Spanish olive oil, you’ve got one heck of a delicious meal! The suckling pigs are much smaller pigs than we are used to.
So finding one might be hard to do. Ask your local butchers about purchasing one. They will come as much help.
And if you want to truly experience this dish in it’s most authentic form, then head straight to Spain where you’ll have no trouble finding it!
10. Pulpo A La Gallega
If the sea is home to some of your favorite foods, then you won’t want to pass up on an opportunity to try pulpo a la gallega.
It’s made by boiling an octopus. And includes limited ingredients.
Spanish seafood meals are unique and tend to use many spices, herbs, and ingredients to give full flavoring.
But this dish only needs paprika, rock salt, and a little bit of olive oil to reach the same flavorful effects. It’s a signature meal in Galician.
And it’s served in many Galician restaurants through Spain.
The best way to serve up this delicious Spanish dish is on a wooden platter after cooking it in a copper cauldron. Copper cauldrons are known to give the octopus a unique flavor.
11. Tortilla Española
Tortilla Española or tortilla de patatas is the Spanish omelette! And it’s definitely worth a try. What makes it different from a regular omelet?
Unlike the classic omelet that we’re used to, the tortilla Española is made with not only eggs but potatoes and caramelized onions as well.
It’s fried in oil and often times served cold. This delicious Spanish dish is inviting for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
They’re much thicker than the traditional omelet. And have a soft and sweet center.
This cake-like meal is found in many restaurants and bars throughout Spain.
12. Crema Catalana
If crème brulee is one of your favorites, then it’s time to let crema Catalana have the spotlight. This Spanish dessert is a rich custard that’s topped with caramelized sugar.
And it’s oftentimes given a final touch with sprinkled on citrus zest and cinnamon.
Milk, cream, egg yolks, sugar, vanilla, orange peel, and cinnamon all come together to create this tasty dessert.
And if you have the chance to try this Spanish treat, you won’t want to pass it up.
13. Fabada Asturiana
For cold winter days, a bowl of fabada Asturiana is a great way to warm up. Fabada Asturiana is a Spanish bean stew.
And it’s filled with white beans and meat. Blood sausage, chorizo, or pork is the usual meat of choice.
This dish is an Asturian staple. And it’s similar to black pudding.