18 Spanish Tapas Recipes to Party With All Summer

Small bites, big flavor

Is there a more perfect way to enjoy a meal with friends than with a bunch of small plates? If there is, we’ve yet to find it. This summer, get the party going with our favorite tapas recipes, from the classic tortilla española and patatas bravas to some paprika-covered calamari and our favorite shrimp fritters. So grab a couple plates and get ready to share with our favorite tapas recipes.

Los Gintonic

Vermouth adds character to this Stateside riff on the elaborate Spanish-style gin tonic, while a tonic water flavored with bitter lemon balances the aromatized wine’s sweetness. Navy-strength gin stands up to them both. Get the recipe for Los Gintonic »

Salt Cod in Garlic Sauce

The natural gelatin in cod skin works as an emulsifier for this creamy, rich garlic sauce. Get the recipe for Salt Cod in Garlic Sauce »

Grilled Calçots and Asparagus with Romesco Sauce

Grilled Calçots and Asparagus with Romesco Sauce

Calamari with Chorizo and Artichokes

Calamari with Chorizo and Artichokes

Stone Fruit Rosé Sangria

This version of a Spanish sangria is ripe with summer fruit; its light, crisp flavors complement seafood and poultry. Get the recipe for Stone Fruit Rosé Sangria »

Madrid: Patatas Bravas

Patatas Bravas

Pan-Fried Eggplant with Balsamic, Basil, and Capers

Creamy, mild eggplant pairs with briny capers, floral basil, and a drizzle of balsamic reduction for a knockout appetizer or side dish. Get the recipe for Pan-Fried Eggplant with Balsamic, Basil, and Capers »

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.

Clams in Sherry Sauce

This classic Andalusian seafood dish is traditionally served with lots of crusty bread, to soak up the piquant broth.

Escalivada Catalana

Akin to Puerto Rican escabeche, roasted, tender vegetables are marinated in a simple sherry vinegar dressing for an easy side dish to grilled fish, roast pork, or tender rib eye steak. Get the recipe for Escalivada Catalana »

Braised Rabbit with Salmorejo Sauce

Smoky Spanish paprika adds deep flavor to this braise from Chef Katie Button of Cúrate and Nightbell, matching perfectly with gamey, succulent rabbit. Get the recipe for Braised Rabbit with Salmorejo Sauce »

Spanish Potato Frittata (Tortilla Española)

Spanish Potato Frittata (Tortilla Española)
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See the Recipe

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) »

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.

Charred Cauliflower and Shishito Peppers with Picada Sauce

Picada is a Catalan-style pesto, made here with almonds, parsley, and chocolate—a surprise ingredient that adds a pleasing touch of bitterness to this delicious side dish. Get the recipe for Charred Cauliflower and Shishito Peppers with Picada Sauce »

Razor Clams Fantasia

Colatura, an Italian fish sauce, brings an umami note to this simple appetizer of meaty razor clams. Get the recipe for Razor Clams Fantasia »