Food to Try in Spain

May 19 , 2021 by: Amanda Goh

Spanish food is unique, satisfying and just one of the reasons you will fall in love with this country.

Read more to find out what dishes you need to try when in Spain.


Paella is a well-known dish in Spanish cuisine, made of rice and topped with different ingredients from meat to seafood. This dish usually uses saffron, giving the rice a unique yellow color and an aromatic flavor.

A unique paella you can try while in Spain is black paella — black rice stained with squid ink, making the dish a unique flavor.

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Similar to paella, Fideua is a seafood dish made out of short pasta. This dish, while originating in Valencia, is popular in Girona, the food capital of Spain.

As mentioned, this dish is made with short pasta noodles, cooked with seafood. The pasta noodles in Fideua should be crisp on the outside but moist on the inside. Fideua is also typically cooked in a paella dish.

Tortilla Espanola

This dish is an egg and potato omelette, and one of Spain’s most famous dish. Tortilla Espanola is made with thinly sliced potatoes and eggs gently cooked in a pan, served at room temperature.

As one of Spain’s favorite comfort food, this dish is easy to prepare and filled with unique textures from the potato and egg.

Patatas Bravas

Native to Spain, Patatas Bravas is another popular potato dish consisting of white potatoes cut to bite sized pieces and fried in oil. This is a popular dish at tapas restaurants and a go-to snack.


Gazpacho is a blended vegetable soup and widely eaten in Spain and Portugal. This soup is hearty and flavorful, eaten either warm or cold. This dish is rich, creamy and filled with minerals and fiber.

Typically, this dish is made from tomatoes, cucumber, onion, garlic and olives, blended into a refreshing soup.

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This is a dry-cured ham produced in Spain. Jamon is typically made from Iberian pigs. These pigs only eat acorns, giving the ham a nutty flavor altogether. This cured ham is typically served in thin slices on top of either bread or fruit such as melon.

Spanish Tapas

If you can’t decide what to eat in Spain, why not try out Tapas. These are little dishes that you can share with you’re the people you are eating with. There are many different tapas from traditional to modern dishes.

A version of Tapas is known as Pintxos — tapas for one. Pintxos is usually a buffet, which allows you to try more food at the same time.


This is a popular dessert in Spain and can be found in many restaurants and cafes. These are ropes of dough, usually rolled in cinnamon and sugar and served with dipping chocolate.

Churros are typically crispy on the outside while soft and fluffy on the inside. This dessert also comes in different flavours and varieties, and can be filled in the inside too.

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Crema Catalana

Similar to a crème brulee, crema catalana is a dessert made with milk thickened with cornflour. This dessert is usually infused with something tangy like lemon or orange. Unlike crème brulee, this dish is typically served cold.

This dish has a distinct taste and is sometimes used as a palate cleanser. It is light with a thin layer of caramelized sugar adding to the sweetness of the dessert.

While this dish can be found all around Spain all year, it had been traditionally eaten on Saint Joseph’s Day in March.

Leche Frita

Also known as fried milk, this Spanish delicacy is a popular dish across northern Spain and a favorite among kids. This dessert is typically covered in crunchy batter and topped with sugar.

Leche Frita has a unique taste, with sweetness and smoothness coming from the milk-pudding itself while crispy on the outside.


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