Spanish Tapas Recipes

Spain's famous little plates pack lots of flavor

From garlicky razor clams to patatas bravas, Spain's famous little plates pack lots of flavor. Serve a few tapas as pre-dinner snacks, or offer a slew of them as a whole meal. With crusty bread, a good olive oil, and a selection of Spanish cured meats, they make for a perfectly elegant, relaxed evening.

Sometimes the best dish is the simplest. Pan con tomate fits that bill by taking just a few high quality ingredients and treating them well. To make this snack, which is equally comfortable in a tapas spread or at the breakfast table, first toast a baguette with extra virgin olive oil and rub it with garlic. From there, all you need to do is top it with grated tomato and sea salt.

Seafood is very popular in Spain. Small and satisfying, clams make for great tapas. Try cooking littleneck clams in a sherry and white wine sauce spiked with garlic and chilies. You'll want good crusty bread (or maybe just a spoon) to get every last drop of the sauce. Without the sherry, a similar sauce is wonderful with razor clams. Pair them with cava, a sparkling wine from Spain.

Fried potatoes are the ultimate drinking food. Crispy, salty, and hearty, they're exactly what we want after a few drinks. Patatas bravas is a classic tapas recipe at bars, featuring small waxy potatoes that are quartered, fried until crispy, and smothered in mayonnaise and a thick spicy tomato sauce.

Give your next cocktail party a taste of Spain with these tapas recipes.

Patatas Bravas
Patatas Bravas
In Spain, the stopgap to late-night dinners is bar snacks like patatas bravas, crisp potatoes blanketed in mayonnaise and a thick spicy tomato sauce.Ingalls Photography
Pan Con Tomate Crostini
Spanish-Style Toast with Tomato (Pan Con Tomate)
All you need for this simple Spanish snack is good-quality olive oil, bread, garlic, a ripe tomato, and a sprinkle of sea salt.André Baranowski
Shrimp Fritters (Tortillitas de Camarones)
Shrimp Fritters (Tortillitas de Camarones)
These crisp-edged fritters get their earthy flavor from chickpea flour. Get the recipe for Shrimp Fritters (Tortillitas de Camarones) »Todd Coleman
Clams in Sherry Sauce
Clams in Sherry Sauce
This classic Andalusian seafood dish is traditionally served with lots of crusty bread, to soak up the piquant broth.Todd Coleman
Razor Clams with Chiles and Garlic (Navajas al Ajillo)
Razor Clams with Chiles and Garlic (Navajas al Ajillo)
Razor clams cook quick but look especially impressive, especially in this popular Spanish-style tapas preparation.Todd Coleman
Pan-Fried Salt Cod Chips (Fritas de Bacalhau)
Pan-Fried Salt Cod Chips (Fritas de Bacalhau)
A thin batter of salt cod, garlic, and onions is shallow-fried to make fine, crisp chips.Todd Coleman
Chile-Garlic Shrimp (Gambas Al Ajillo)
Chile-Garlic Shrimp (Gambas Al Ajillo)
These shrimp are cooked in a hot cast iron pan with tons of garlic and red Thai chiles.Todd Coleman