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Fish & Seafood Main Course Recipes

Spain has hundreds of miles of coastline on the Cantabric, the Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea. So, it makes sense that the Spanish eat more fish and seafood per person than any other European nation. Spanish cuisine has dozens of seafood main dishes that are delicious.

Spanish Cod Ajoarriero Recipe - Bacalao Ajoarriero a la Antigua
Salt cod or "bacalao" is popular in Spain in various regional cuisines. After soaking in water to rehydrate, simmer in a sauce of onions, garlic, tomato sauce and peppers. The combination of the salty code with the sweet tomatoes and onions create a tasty, but simple main course. Serve with home-fried potatoes for an authentic Spanish delight.

Top Spanish Bacalao Main Course Recipes
The Spanish have a wide variety of salt cod fish or "bacalao" recipes. Even with refrigeration, the traditional salted fish dishes remain popular - because they just taste great! Cod is soaked in water to leach out the salt, then prepared with accompanying sauces - tomato sauce, or paprika sauce, vegetables in wine sauce.

Spanish Ahi and Shrimp Soup Recipe - Sopa de Atun y Gambas
Ahi tuna chunks, shrimp, littleneck clams and crab are simmered in a seafood broth along with garlic, onion and sweet green pepper. This soup can be prepared in under an hour and served as a first course, or a main dish. Pair this flavorful seafood soup-stew with rustic bread and a salad for a complete meal.

Spanish Baked Fish with Lemon Wine Sauce - Pescado en Salsa de Limon
Spanish Mediterranean recipes generally use fresh ingredients in uncomplicated dishes, like this one. Fresh white fish baked with lemon slices and white wine, create a light, lemony sauce. Because it is such a simple recipe, you can enjoy the flavors of the fish and the citrus. It also makes a great recipe for beginners in the kitchen. Toss a...

Bacalao Omelet Recipe - Tortilla de Bacalao
The Spanish make a large variety of "tortillas" or omelets, not just the classic potato omelet, or "tortilla de patata." Sauteed peppers, tuna and ham are just some of the ingredients mixed into omelets. This simple recipe originates in Vizcaya in the Basque Country and peppers the omelet with small pieces of salt cod or "bacalao." It is easy...

Bilbao Eels Recipe - Angulas a la Bilbaina
"Angulas" is the Spanish name for young European eels, or "elver" eels. Although baby eel was originally a common fisherman's dish eaten in the Basque Country, it is now considered a delicacy. Use true angulas or mock eels to make this simple and delicious dish with olive oil, garlic and a bit of hot pepper to prepare this classic Basque dish.

Spanish Salt Cod with Peppers & Onions Recipe - Bacalao con Pimientos…
Salt cod sautéed in garlic-infused olive oil, then smothered in a "pisto" of peppers, onions and tomatoes. It is such a simple dish and so tasty, and easy enough for a novice cook. Serve with home-made fried potatoes or rustic bread. This cod recipe is from the Basque Country or Pais Vasco.

Fish Balls and Clams in Green Sauce Recipe - Albondigas de Pescado
Fried fish balls and small clams are simmered in a classic green sauce is a delicious dish. White wine, garlic, parsley and onions combine to make a lovely sauce. It can be prepared as a main course or as an appetizer. Serve this easy-to-prepare dish with white rice or fried potatoes.

Spanish Seafood Cake Recipe - Pastel Marinero
"Pastel Marinero" or Seafood Cake is simple and easy, and makes a main course for a light summer dinner. This is a good recipe for beginner cooks, requiring a bit of chopping, beating eggs and then baking. This dish tastes and looks like you spent lots of time in the kitchen!

Cod with Pil Pil Sauce Recipe - Bacalao al Pil Pil
"Bacalao al Pil Pil" is a traditional dish from the Basque Country (el Pais Vasco); is well known all over Spain, and popular with Spaniards and tourists alike. It is made with salt cod, garlic, and olive oil, topped with garlic and slices of hot pepper. It is “sabroso” or tasty any time of the year!

Black Noodles Recipe - Fideos Negros
Black noodles, in Spanish "Fideos Negros" is a very popular dish all over Spain. It originates in the Mediterranean region of Valencia, although it is also eaten in Cataluna. Squid ink gives this dish its unique dark color. Squid rings, fish, onions and peppers are sautéed, then simmered with the noodles and ink, creating an appealing main course. It's easy to prepare in less than 45 minutes.

Cod with Paprika and Potatoes Recipe - Bacalao a la Tranca
“Bacalao a la tranca” is a traditional dish from Zamora in Castilla-Leon. This cod dish is popular all year, but has a special place on Good Friday’s menu. After soaking in water the day before to leach out the salt, pieces of salt cod are fried, then drizzled with olive oil and slices of sautéed garlic. Serve with potatoes and eggs.

Spaghetti & Shrimp in a Spicy Tomato Sauce - Pasta con Salsa de Tomate, Gambas
Although pasta did not originate in Spain, spaghetti and various kinds of pasta are enjoyed all over Spain. This dish combines typical Spanish ingredients – tomatoes, onions, lots of garlic and smoked Spanish paprika. It's simple and quick to prepare.

Pescado Frito con Salsa de Cebolla - Fried Fish with Onion Sauce
Covered in a sauce of olive oil, sauteed onions and vinegar, lightly fried fish is a delicious and tangy main course, particularly good on a cool evening.

Fish in Lemon Sauce Recipe – How to Make Rape al Limon
This quick and easy recipe originates in the region of Valencia, which is known for its high quality and abundant citrus fruit. Oranges and lemons are not only enjoyed as fresh fruit, but are used in cooking fish and meat dishes.

Fish and Clams in Garlic Wine Sauce
A simple and rich-tasting, this seafood dish combines two favorites of Spanish cuisine – clams and garlic! It is the perfect dish to warm you on a cool evening and won’t leave you hungry. Make sure to have plenty of fresh French bread on hand for dunking in the sauce.

Seafood Paella Recipe - Paella de Marisco
Seafood Paella is probably the most famous and popular Spanish dish around the world. It originates in Valencia, a region on the Mediterranean coast of Spain, between Barcelona and Murcia that is known for its rice dishes. There are as many versions of paella as there are cooks in Spain! If you like seafood, try this recipe.

Navarra Style Trout - Trucha a la Navarra
Navarra Style Trout is a classic Spanish recipe from the Navarra region of northern Spain. Fresh trout is stuffed with Spanish Serrano ham and lightly fried in olive oil. Squeeze fresh lemon juice on top and you have a delicious main course that takes less than 30 minutes to prepare.

How to Make Noodle Paella - Fideuà Step-by-Step
Although Valencia is "the land of rice" "Fideuà" is a very popular traditional main course similar to "paella." Cooked in a paella pan, it is made with noodles and seafood cooked in fish broth. "Fideuà" is quicker and easier than making "paella," and is as colorful and flavorful as well, making it a perfect dish for warm weather.

Salmon in Green Sauce - Salmon in Salsa Verde
Green sauce, or “salsa verde” is a typical Spanish sauce and is usually served with fish. In this case, the sauce also includes green peppers, which gives it a beautiful green color. The sauce is prepared first. The salmon is sautéed in olive oil flavored with garlic and served atop the sauce. It is a healthy and quick dish, perfect for a...

Fideua - Noodle Paella
Valencia is "the land of rice" and dozens of different rice dishes, however "Fideua" is a very popular traditional main course similar to "paella." Cooked in a paella pan, it is made with noodles and seafood cooked in fish broth. "Fideua" is quicker and easier than making "paella," and is as colorful and flavorful as well, making it a perfect...

Tomates Rellenos de Atun - Tuna-Stuffed Tomatoes
Fresh and light, this dish makes a great main course for lunch or can replace a salad at dinner. Fresh tomatoes, stuffed with tuna, cucumbers and dressed with oil and vinegar. They are juicy and full of flavor.

Langostinos Valencianos - Valencian Prawns
This recipe originates in Valencia which is located on the eastern coast of Spain. It is simple, colorful and flavorful. Prawns and mussels are simply sauteed with onion and garlic, then cooked in a white wine-tomato sauce. It is a good summer main course and can be served with rice.

Cod Fish with Vegetables - Bacalao con Samfaina
Cod with Samfaina, a vegetable sauce similar to ratatouille is from Cataluña, a region in eastern Spain. Salty cod compliments the flavors and freshness of the vegetables.

Sardinas a la Santanderina - Sardines Santander Style
This dish is from Santander, on the north coast of Spain. Fresh sardines, fried and then sauteed with tomato sauce is a great dish to serve with warm bread to soak up the sauce.

Baked Snapper – Urta a la Roteña
Baked snapper with tomato sauce, garlic, onion and peppers is a dish that is simple to make and a tasty main dish when served with new potatoes.

Cod Fish with Tomato Sauce Recipe - Bacalao con Tomate
"Bacalao" is the Spanish word for Cod fish. This is a simply wonderful fish dish from Central and Northern Spain. Salty, dry cod is fried, then sauteed with tomato sauce and roasted red peppers.

How to Make Paella Mixta, Step-by-Step
Learn how to prepare one of Spain's most famous dishes, called "paella" in an easy-to-follow, step-by-step tutorial with photographs. Choose the right kind of pan, heat source and rice, no matter which type you prepare - seafood, vegetarian or Valenciana - and you'll have the perfect "paella."

How to Make Cod Fish with Tomato Sauce Recipe - Bacalao con Tomate
Salt cod is a traditional and popular fish that can be prepared many ways. However, the salty flavor of the cod, combines well with the sweeter flavor of tomato sauce, garlic and roasted red pepper and makes it a favorite of many Spaniards and visitors alike. Allow 24 hours for fish to soak in water before preparing. Serve with home-fried potatoes.

Murcian Baked Fish Recipe - Pescado Murciano
Easy baked fish from Murcia is a typically healthy Mediterranean dish. A whole fish is surrounded by garlic, vegetables and white wine, then drizzled with olive oil before it is baked. The dish takes 30 minutes to prepare and is very colorful. Serve with rice.

Spanish Pasta with Clams & Peppers Recipe - Pasta con Almejas y Pimientos Rojos
Enjoy fresh ingredients with this simple and colorful seafood pasta recipe. The Spanish eat plenty of seafood, and enjoy pasta as well. This simple recipe is pasta tossed with littleneck clams and a sauce of sautéed garlic, onions and red peppers with white wine makes a light first course or main course.

Spanish Paprika Fish Recipe - Pescado al Pimenton
This simple Spanish recipe combines two ingredients that the Spanish love to eat - fish and paprika. Lightly fried fish is drizzled with a sauce made of Spanish paprika, vinegar and lemon juice. Serve with white rice or home-fried potatoes.

Easy Spanish Fried Fish in Lemon Sauce Recipe - Pescado Frito en Salsa de Limon
Lightly fried fish fillets served in a sauce made with lemon-infused oil, garlic and wine make a great seafood main course. Serve this Spanish fish dish with home-fried potatoes or rice, and pair it with a Spanish white wine.

Basque Tuna Stew Recipe - Marmitako
Chunks of fresh tuna fish, potatoes, garlic and onions are the main ingredients in the Basque tuna stew called "marmitako". A very simple and traditional dish from the Basque Country, or "Pais Vasco," it is a pleasant dish for Autumn and Winter.

Galician Tuna Pie Recipe - Empanada Gallega de Bonito
Galicia is known throughout Spain for its’ traditional cuisine, including “empanadas,” which are pies or turnovers. One of the most popular fillings is the one made of “bonito” or tuna, mixed with boiled egg and tomato sauce. Prepare this “empanada” and you have a main course for at least eight, or “tapas” for a party.

Salmon and Clams with Green Sauce Recipe - Salmon con Almejas
Salmon and small manila clams combined with a simple green sauce with garlic. Quick, simple and elegant dish that is so typical of Spanish fish dishes from the northern regions.

Spanish Shrimp and Fish with Rice Recipe - Arroz con Pescado y Gambas
Quick and easy rice main courses. Short or medium grain rice, such as "bomba" or Calrose makes a tasty and very typical Spanish "wet" rice dish. This version is combined with fresh fish and shrimp.

Asturian Beans with Clams Recipe - Fabes con Almejas
Large white beans, are called "fabes" in the Spanish region of Asturias, and are cooked with onion and garlic, then combined with small clams, Spanish paprika and saffron. It is a traditional regional dish from Asturias.

Top Spanish Clam Recipes
Clams are used in Spanish dishes from tapas to main courses. Top Spanish clam dishes include Clams in Green Sauce and Fish and Clams in a Garlic Wine Sauce, to Clams and Peppers with Pasta and White Beans with Clams.

Hake with Shrimp and Elver Eels Recipe - Merluza con Gambas y Angulas
Hake, a solid white fish topped with garlic, fresh shrimp and "angulas," (baby elver eels) is an simple Spanish seafood dish.

Fish in Apple-Raisin Sauce Recipe - Pescado en Salsa de Manzana
Easy, nutritious fish dish from Spain. Fillets are lightly fried in olive oil, then a simple sauce of fresh apples, onions and raisins is prepared and spooned over the top.

Scallops & Shrimp in Bechamel Recipe - Vieiras con Gambas Gratinadas al Horno
Sweet Scallops and shrimp are bathed in a simple bechamel sauce, then baked on scallop shells.

Spanish Pasta with Mussels and Clams in Tomato-Basil Sauce Recipe
This is an easy to prepare Spanish pasta dish. Pasta with mussels and clams in a light tomato-basil sauce with white wine.

Grilled Fish with Balsamic Vinegar-Tarragon Vinaigrette Recipe
Whole fish stuffed with fresh orange slice, fresh tarragon and parsley. Grill and serve with a balsamic vinaigrette sauce.

Baked Fish with Vegetables and Pepper Sauce Recipe
Mediterranean-style baked fish with sauteed leeks, mushrooms, and garlic. Serve with sweet pepper sauce.

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