Spanish Recipes

Host your own tapas party with this tasty selection of Spanish recipes. Explore classics such as paella, albóndigas (Spanish meatballs), patatas bravas (fried potatoes), pan con tomate (bread with tomato), croquetas (serrano ham croquettes), and more regional delights.

Staff Picks

Arroz Con Pollo

Rating: 3.61 stars 88
This one-pot recipe for Arroz Con Pollo, which is great for a crowd, comes from Martha's book One Pot: 120+ Easy Meals from Your Skillet, Slow Cooker, Stockpot, and MoreIt's made with bone-in fatty chicken thighs, pimiento-stuffed green olives, chopped tomatoes, saffron threads, and bay leaves.

Classic Sangria

Rating: 3.19 stars 500
Give this popular Spanish drink time to sit—the longer the fruits and wine get to know each other the better.

Easy Paella

Rating: 3.16 stars 674
You don't need a special paella pan to make this easy take on the classic Spanish dish. Use a wide, shallow saute pan with a lid. Chicken sausage and shrimp star in this one-pan dinner.

Normandy-Style Pork Stew

Inexpensive pork shoulder becomes meltingly tender after a low-and-slow braise in an elixir of dry cider and broth in this stew that's inspired by the pot roasts from the Basque region of Spain that marry pork, apples, and hard cider. This stew will bring the magic of fall right to your home kitchen.

Braised Chicken with Potatoes, Olives, and Lemon

Rating: 3.99 stars 109
Chicken thighs, one of the moister cuts, cook with the potatoes in stock on the stove and then finish in the oven in this casy dinner recipe. The cooking liquid, along with garlic, olives, and lemon, turns into a pan sauce.

Spanish Frittata

Rating: 3.67 stars 51
Perfect for feeding a large crowd, this dish can be left out so everyone can help themselves. It is equally delicious served warm or at room temperature.From the book "Mad Hungry," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books).

Spicy Mussels and Chorizo

Rating: 3.72 stars 148
Sweet, plump mussels are steamed in a sauce made with tomatoes, garlic, red chile flakes, and wine; chorizo, a Spanish sausage, adds extra heat.


Rating: 3.26 stars 434
Impress your friends and family by making this fabulous flan recipe for dessert courtesy of "Martha Stewart's Cooking School."

Tomato, Feta, and Red Pepper Cazuela

In this easy tapas-inspired appetizer, creamy feta cheese is topped with a mix of red peppers, lemon zest, olives, and the juiciest tomatoes you can find. Let everything meld together, then warm it up in the oven and serve with toasted pita, naan, or lavash to sop it all up. 

Croquettes with Serrano Ham and Manchego Cheese

Rating: 3.71 stars 68
Croquettes are adorned with parsley for these bite-size appetizers.

Chicken and Chorizo Paella

Rating: 3.64 stars 151
An impressive but easy Spanish-inspired supper that's just right for a dinner party. This one-pan main dish is flavored with Spanish smoked paprika, saffron, and dried chorizo.

Arroz Con Pollo

Rating: 3.69 stars 134
The bold flavors of saffron, bay leaves, and garlic infuse Valencia rice, a Spanish variety perfect for slow-cooked dishes and the traditional base for paella. Here, the grains are cooked up with golden-brown chicken thighs and garnished with pimiento-stuffed olives. Saffron gives the rice its warm yellow hue.

Inspiration and Ideas

Olive-Oil-Fried Potatoes with Aioli
Dip these fried potato wedges into garlicky aioli for an easy-to-share appetizer inspired by the Spanish tapas dish patatas bravas. Parboiling the sliced-up spuds and letting them dry on a baking sheet before frying in olive oil guarantees a creamy center and crunchy shell.
Easy Chicken and Shrimp Paella
Spanish chorizo, available in many supermarkets, spices up this robust one-pan dinner that's made with chicken thighs and drumsticks as well as shrimp. Arborio rice soaks up the dish's savory flavors as it cooks.
Spanish Tortilla with Bell Pepper
Rating: 3.55 stars

In Spain, tortilla refers to a hearty egg-and-potato dish that's eaten warm or cold any time of day. Red bell pepper gives this version another layer of flavor.