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Spanish Seafood Tapas Recipes

The Spanish eat more seafood than any other European country and that means they have created a wide variety of delicious seafood tapas.

Seafood-Filled Piquillo Peppers Recipe - Pimientos de Piquillo Rellenos con Marisco
Creamy shrimp & fish are stuffed in piquillo peppers. Then, they are baked in a sauce of peppers and onions.

Top Spanish Clam Recipes
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. There is something for everyone in this list of favorite Spanish clam recipes.

Marinated Mussels with Peppers Recipe - Mejillones Escabechados con Guindillas
Cook mussels, then simmer briefly in white wine, vinegar, onions, carrots, garlic and peppercorns, and marinate. It is an easy dish to make ahead and serve as an appetizer, or a first course in summer.

Spanish Tuna and Anchovies Tapas Recipe
Simple tuna salad is mounded on slices of baguette and then topped with anchovy fillets. Make this tapa in about 10 minutes, without cooking. It's great for last minute entertaining.

Eggplant, Sun-Dried Tomato & Anchovy Recipe - Berenjena, Tomates Secos y Anchoa
This is a "montado-style" tapa, which is quick and easy, especially appropriate for summertime entertaining. It requires very little cooking, and can be prepared ahead of time. Broil eggplant slices, then lay on slices of baguette, along with sun-dried tomatoes, lemon-infused oil and anchovy fillets.

Top Spanish Bacalao Tapa Recipes
Salt cod, or "bacalao" in Spanish is a traditional staple in Spain. Whether it's fried, boiled or simmered in a sauce, "bacalao" is very tasty. Our list of top tapas from stuffed peppers to omelets and fried fish balls.

Mussels in Wine Sauce with Peppers Recipe - Mejillones en Salsa de Vino
Mussels, like all shellfish are often part of Basque "tapas," or "pinchos" as they are called in Basque Country. Mussels in White Wine Sauce are quick and easy to prepare as an appetizer or a first course. Cook clams and saute chopped onions, garlic, red pepper and white wine. Serve mussel halves with the colorful sauce over the top. Slices of...

Clams in Green Sauce Recipe - Recipe for Almejas en Salsa Verde
Clams in Green Sauce, or "Almejas en Salsa Verde" in Spanish, is a typical Basque "tapa," or "pincho" as they are called in Basque Country. It's easy to prepare as an appetizer or a first course. Serve with slices of fresh baguette to soak up the flavorful garlic-white wine sauce, and a light white wine such as "Txakoli."

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...

Spanish Seafood Kabobs Recipe - Brochetas de Gambas, Calamar y Pescado
Shrimp, calamari and fish are threaded onto skewers, then grilled on a hot flat iron and brushed with alioli sauce, giving them a rich garlic flavor. This tapa is quick and simple to prepare for a dinner party. Prepare the skewers and sauce ahead of time. Then, grill the kabobs just before serving.

Mari's Stuffed Mussels Tapa Recipe - Tigres de Mari
"Tigres" are one of the most popular "tapas" in northern Spain. Mussels are finely chopped and mixed with onion, pepper and tomato sauce. Then, they are stuffed back into the half shell. They are then breaded and lightly fried. Mari's version coats the filling with the béchamel sauce, rather than mixing it together. The crust is crispier with two layers of bread crumbs.

Anchovies Marinated in Vinegar Recipe - Boquerones en Vinagre
Fresh anchovies marinated in vinegar, oil and garlic are a traditional and very popular "tapa" in Spain. Every family has at least one cook who prepares these tasty "boquerones." It is a very easy recipe. The hardest part is waiting for the fish to marinate, so you can eat them!

Mussels with Paprika Sauce Recipe - Mejillones con Salsa Pimenton
This quick and easy "tapa" has a classic Spanish flavor of smokey paprika with onions and green pepper. First, mussels are cooked in the half shell and then covered with the paprika sauce. Serve warm with rustic bread for dipping.

Avocado-Cheese-Shrimp Spread Recipe
This is a quick and simple modern “tapa” that we think of as “Spanish guacamole.” The Spanish produce plenty of avocados in the province of Granada, in the tropical micro-climate. This avocado-cheese recipe combines typically Spanish ingredients with avocados to make a smooth and tasty spread on crackers or bread. Top with pieces of shrimp and you have a colorful, mouth-watering appetizer.

Seafood Filled Pastry Tapa Recipe - Hojaldre Relleno de Marisco
This creamy seafood tapa is easy to make and very tasty. The filling is made of pieces of seafood in a brandy and cream-based sauce flavored with onion and tomato. The filling takes only about 10 minutes to make and the puff pastry shells bake in 20-25 minutes.

Pescado Adobado Recipe – Fried Adobado Fish Balls
Although this dish can be a main course, it fits the bill for a "tapa" as well. There are three words to describe this dish – simple, easy and tasty! First, the fish is marinated in a combination of paprika, vinegar and spices. Flour and fry the fish and serve with mayonnaise for dipping.

Mojama in Oil Recipe - Mojama en Aceite
Salted, dried tuna, called "Mojama" in Spanish makes a superb and simple tapa served with sliced bread and toasted almonds or green olives. Slice thinly and marinate in olive oil for an hour beforehand.

Gambas al Ajillo – Shrimp in Garlic
One of the most common "tapas" of Spain, this dish is quick, easy and FULL of garlic flavor. Your guests will be asking for the recipe after the first bite and only you will know how simple it was to prepare.

Cod-Stuffed Squid Recipe - Calamar Relleno de Bacalao
Salt cod is a staple of the Spanish diet. Even though refrigeration has eliminated the need to salt fish to preserve it, salt cod is so tasty that it is still served often in Spanish homes and restaurants. Salt cod is combined with garlic, potatoes and tomato sauce to form a thick filling. It is stuffed into squid, breaded and fried. Cod requires a 24-hour soak to leach out extra salt.

Grilled Shrimp Tapas Recipe - Gambas a la Plancha
"Gambas a la Plancha" is a classic Spanish tapa recipe. Whole, unpeeled shrimp are salted, then cooked quickly on a flat iron grill. During and after cooking, lemon juice can be squeezed on the shrimp, giving them even more flavor. What a pure and simple dish!

Langostinos with Spanish Sauces
If ever there were a simple, make-ahead tapa, this is it! First, prepare a Spanish sauce or two, like rich, delicious romesco sauce, made with roasted red peppers, almonds and olive oil. Then, boil whole “langostinos” and cool. Serve the sauces on the side and let everyone peel and dip the “langostinos” in the sauce of their choice!

Bacalao con Pueros Caramelizados y Naranja-Cod with Caramelized Leek and Orange
This modern "tapa" is colorful and flavorful. The salty flavor of the cod combines with the sweet and sour flavor of the caramelized leek and vinegar to create a unique and tasty appetizer. Like so many “tapas,” it is easy to make, but the salt cod must soak in water the night before you prepare it.

Cangrejos de Rio con Tomate - Crayfish in Tomato Sauce
Crayfish are called "cangrejos de rio" in Spanish - literally “river crabs." Crayfish are a popular Spanish food, a fresh-water cousin to the lobster, although smaller. The following is our family recipe for crayfish cooked in a simple sauce of tomato, garlic and white wine. Be sure to serve fresh French-style bread to soak up the tasty sauce.

Shrimp with Mushrooms, Garlic & Wine Recipe -Gambas con Setas, Ajo y Vino Blanco
“Setas” or mushrooms are very popular in Spain. Many people drive or walk out to the countryside to pick them. The Fall is a great time for mushrooms and this dish is easy and quite delicious as a “tapa.” Serve with slices of baguette.

Pimientos Rellenos de Bacalao - Recipe for Piquillo Peppers Stuffed with Cod
A superb "tapa" from the North of Spain, it is very popular. Sweet and tasty roasted piquillo peppers stuffed with a mixture of salt cod, white wine, onions and garlic. Dipped in egg and flour, then lightly fried and covered in a tomato sauce. It is worth the hour that it takes to prepare this "tapa"!

Bolas de Bacalao Frito - Recipe for Fried Cod Fish Balls
These little fish balls are absolutely delicious! Salt-dried cod is mixed with green onion, garlic, lemon and egg, covered in breadcrumbs and fried. Serve with "alioli" sauce (garlic mayonnaise) and/or "sofrito" (tomato sauce) for a tasty appetizer.

Almejas a la Murciana - Murcian Style Clams
If you can buy fresh clams at the market, this is a simple recipe for Clams Murcian Style. They are bathed in a colorful and tasty sauce made of white wine, garlic and onions that has a slight bite from the red pepper flakes. Fresh crusty bread is a must to soak up the sauce! It can be eaten as an appetizer or a first course.

Shrimp-Stuffed Roasted Peppers - Pimientos de Piquillo Rellenos de Gambas
Roasted Piquillo peppers are the perfect size to stuff and make a great "tapa" or a cold first course. This recipe is a good appetizer for warmer months and is ready in less than 15 minutes. Shrimp,cucumber, green onion and "pink" sauce make the stuffing, with a bit of paprika and Tabasco sauce to liven things up.

Fried Anchovies Recipe - Anchoas Fritas
Fried anchovies or in Spanish "anchoas fritas" are a popular tapa in Spain because they are so tasty. Fried anchovies are especially popular in the north of Spain in the Basque Country or "Pais Vasco."

Pulpo Gallego - Galician Style Octopus
"Pulpo Gallego" or Galician-Style Octopus is a "tapa" or appetizer served all over Spain today. It is very simple - cooked octopus served with boiled potatoes, olive oil and sweet Spanish paprika.

Spanish Boiled Prawns Recipe - Langostinos Cocidos
"Langostinos" are a very large shrimp or prawns that are often simply boiled whole and chilled. They are then served by themselves on a plate or with "salsa rosa" or in a vinaigrette sauce.

Mejillones en Vinagreta de Tomate - Mussels in Tomato Vinaigrette
"Mejillones" or mussels are a very popular "tapa" in Spain and are prepared many different ways. This recipe is simple and refreshing. It can be made ahead of time and refrigerated until ready to serve.

Pimientos Rojos con Anchoas - Red Peppers with Anchovies
Looking for a quick and tasty "tapa?" Try Roasted red peppers with garlic and anchovies. It is both colorful and flavorful and won't disappoint!

Calamares Fritos - Fried Squid
You probably know this famous and very popular Spanish "tapa" by the Italian name "Calamari." In any language, fried squid is a wonderful appetizer and guaranteed to disappear as fast as you put out a plate!

Almejas a la Pescadora - Clams a la Pescadora
Clams a la Pescadora is an easy tapas recipe. Fresh clams cooked in a smooth sauce made of garlic, white wine and lemon. Served very hot with a fresh baguette to soak up the sauce, it makes a great appetizer anytime, especially in winter.

Huevos Rellenos de Atun - Deviled Eggs with Tuna
"Huevos rellenos" or Deviled Eggs are as popular in Spain as they are in the USA. Made with the standard yolks and topped with mayonnaise, they are stuffed with tuna and tomato sauce! This is an easy-to-make "tapa" that has a surprisingly unique flavor that everyone will love.

Huevos Rellenos de Gambas - Deviled Eggs with Shrimp
"Huevos rellenos" or Deviled Eggs are popular in Spain. Made with the standard yolks and mayonnaise, they contain a twist - finely-chopped shrimp! These easy-to-make deviled eggs are a wonderful appetizer or "tapa" that everyone will marvel over. Don't be surprised if you are asked for the recipe!

Mejillones Rellenos - "Tigres" - Stuffed Mussels
If you have ever been to Spain, you’ve most likely tasted “tigres,” mussels that have been stuffed, breaded and fried. Although you may see them in "tapa" bars in Madrid and other cities, they are a very popular “tapa” in Northern Spain. A mouth-watering appetizer, many visitors yearn to eat "tigres" when they return home. Learn how to...

Pimientos Rellenos de Atun - Red Peppers Stuffed with Tuna
Light, easy and no cooking involved in this "tapa"! A great dish for the summer or anytime you want to prepare an appetizer quickly. Tuna mixed with a bit of green onion and olives, then stuff into roasted red peppers.

Salmon Ahumado con Queso Blando – Smoked Salmon with Cream Cheese
This is a delicious "tapa" or appetizer that you can serve along with a Spanish omelet, chorizo sausage or alone as an afternoon snack.

Eggplant with Anchovies and Cheese - Berenjena con Anchoa y Queso Fresco
This tapa combines some of the most typical ingredients in Spanish cuisine – eggplant, fresh cheese, garlic and anchovies to make a unique open-faced sort of sandwich. Toasted bread is first spread with creamy, fresh cheese, which is then drizzled with a green sauce. Then a layer of roasted eggplant is added and finally anchovy fillets top it off.

Marinated Mussels Recipe - Mejillones Escabechados
Very popular in Spain, mussels are prepared and eaten in many ways. Marinated mussels are a great make-ahead appetizer that is full of garlic, combined with wine and Spanish paprika to make an intensely flavored sauce. Serve with bread and watch them disappear!

Salt Cod and Potato Spread - Cazuelitas de Bacalao
Salt cod, potatoes, onions and garlic mixed with white wine and spices combine to make a tasty spread. Eat on a slice of warm rustic bread as an appetizer with a glass of white wine.

Latillas, Little Cans of Spain Make Super Simple Tapas
Fish, shellfish and mollusks such as squid, clams and mussels are a regular part of the traditional Spanish diet. The Spanish simply call the canned version latillas, or little cans. Every Spanish family's pantry has a supply of latillas, and serve them as a small snack or appetizer before a meal, or if unexpected guests pop in for a visit. In...

Garlic Shrimp & Sun-Dried Tomatoes Recipe - Gambas al Ajillo con Tomates
This quick and easy tapa is full of Mediterranean flavor and bright colors. Garlic and sun-dried tomatoes are sautéed together, then mixed with peeled shrimp and sprinkled with fresh basil. Serve with rustic bread.

Fried Cod with Bread Tapa Recipe - Soldadito de Bacalao
This easy tapa is a classic, and the recipe comes from the Casa Pancho tapas bar in Burgos, Spain. Fresh strips of cod fish are lightly breaded and fried, then placed on top of a slice of baguette. Serve with a glass of chilled Spanish white wine.

Top Shrimp Tapas
The list of the top shrimp tapas must start with one of the most popular tapa in Spain must be "gambas al ajillo," sautéed shrimp in garlic. There are many more shrimp tapas, and we've put together a list of the top recipes. Most are quick and easy, and some can be prepared ahead of time, so you spend less time in the kitchen and more time with...

Salmon with Green Mojo and Potatoes Recipe
This quick and easy tapa uses flaked salmon mixed with garlicky green "mojo" sauce on top of a slice of potato. Colorful and aromatic, a great tapa for warm weather.

Peaches with Tuna Recipe - Melocoton con Atun
Tuna and mayonnaise combine to make an easy filling for canned peach halves. They are unusual flavors to pair, but definitely work. Make these peach halves as a quick, last-minute tapa, or first course. Beginner cooks will enjoy this recipe because preparation takes only 5 minutes.

Mushrooms with Clams Recipe - Setas con Almejas
A simple Basque tapa recipe combines fresh mushrooms and clams with white wine, garlic and red pepper flakes. Serve with rustic bread and light white wine.

Shrimp with Cilantro Mojo Sauce Recipe - Gambas con Mojo de Cilantro
Sauces like "mojo" are a great way to liven up food, especially sautéed or grilled shrimp or fish. Sauté or grill the shrimp with peel on or off, and serve with intensely flavored "mojo de cilantro" (cilantro sauce) for dipping. The contrast between the reddish-orange shrimp and deep green color of the "mojo" makes a dramatic presentation.

Cold Spanish Stuffed Piquillo Peppers Recipe
Diminutive piquillo peppers are the perfect size for stuffing to make individual tapas. Grilled salmon is flaked, then mixed with mayonnaise and Spanish paprika. Spoon the salmon mixture into the piquillo peppers for a quick and easy summer tapa, or cold first course.

Salmon with Hardboiled Egg and Mayonnaise Recipe
This traditional "tapa," or as they are called in Basque Country, "pincho" is very tasty, colorful and takes very little preparation. It is a good choice of Spanish appetizer to prepare if you are a beginner in the kitchen. Slices of baguette are topped with smoked salmon, hard-boiled egg, mayonnaise and a little tomato.

Spanish Clams in Sherry Sauce Recipe - Almejas Al Jerez
This Spanish clam recipe can be served as a "tapa" or a first course. Onion and garlic are first sauteed lightly in olive oil. Dry sherry is then added. Finally, the clams are simmered for 4-5 minutes, then served immediately with lots of fresh bread to soak up the flavorful sherry sauce.

Piquillo Pepper & Tuna Rolls Recipe - Rollitos de Pimiento del Piquillo con ...
Bright red and tasty, piquillo peppers are dabbed with tuna and then wrapped with an anchovy fillet and rolled up. Sprinkled with lemon juice and chopped parsley, they are the perfect last-minute tapa - quick, easy, colorful and delicious.

Roasted Peppers & Eggplant with Cod Recipe - Pimientos, Berenjena con Bacalao
Red peppers and eggplant are roasted, then combined with salt cod and garlic, and tossed in olive oil and vinegar to create a Spanish "tapa" or side dish. Easy to prepare.

Scallops & Shrimp in Bechamel Recipe - Vieiras con Gambas Gratinadas al Horno
Although served as a main course in Spain, these lovely scallops make a good appetizer at a small dinner party. Scallops and shrimp are cooked in a bechamel sauce, then baked on scallop shells.

Scallops with Provencal Sauce Recipe - Vieiras gratinatadas con salsa provenzal
Sweet bay scallops baked in their shells with a light tomato sauce, topped with bread crumbs.

Piquillo Peppers Stuffed with Crab Recipe - Piquillos Rellenos de Cangrejo
Piquillo peppers stuffed with crab and tomato sauce. To finish, bake or fry in batter.

Shrimp a la Cortesana Recipe - Gambas a la Cortesana
Shrimp cooked with garlic, sherry, pepper flakes and cilantro. An easy recipe for a beginner. Serve as a tapa or light main course.

Spanish Clams al Gratin Recipe - Almejas al Gratin
This easy tapa prepared in under 30 minutes. Clams in the shell are sprinkled with tomato, onion, garlic, bread crumbs and parmesan cheese, then broiled.

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