Spanish Main Dish Recipes

Spanish paella makes the perfect one-dish meal, but that's not the only thing Spaniards eat for dinner! Try our Spanish recipes for chicken, fish, and even octopus.

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Easy Paella

Rating: 4.5 stars 618
Paella is a classic Spanish dish of rice, sausage, chicken, and seafood.

Quick and Easy Paella

Rating: 5 stars 151
Consider this a gateway paella and the first step to a serious, lifelong addiction. When I first do a version of a classic dish like paella, I try to use a minimum number of ingredients and steps to focus on technique. After learning the method, you'll ideally use a wider variety of ingredients, like clams, mussels, squid, and chicken, which will make your rice that much more interesting. Garnish with extra virgin olive oil, freshly chopped flat-leaf parsley, and lemon wedges.

Spanish Octopus

Rating: 4.5 stars 19
Above and beyond the ingredients, the cooking method, or should I say methods, couldn't be easier. As long as you braise it gently on low heat, until just tender, and then give it a nice sear before serving, you should be in great shape. This smoky braised octopus is great served with crusty roasted potatoes.

Spanish Potato Omelet

Rating: 4.5 stars 207
There's nothing too fancy about this rustic Spanish style omelet, just lots of hearty goodness from crispy fried potatoes and onions. Chopped tomatoes and green onions lend even more flavor and color.
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Fried Empanadas

Rating: 4.5 stars 186
These fried empanadas are the best! Raisins and eggs make this recipe extra delicious believe it or not!

Pasta de Sardine

Rating: 4 stars 72
A great pasta dish for those who like seafood with their pasta. This dish is not only fast and easy to prepare, it is delicious and it is of regional Spanish-Italian authenticity. Red wine or beer is the beverage of choice.

Sizzling Sherry Shrimp with Garlic

Rating: 4.5 stars 60
This recipe is from Spain. Sherry or lemon juice is not always used, but either one adds a nice contrast to the richness of the oil and garlic. You can easily substitute squid or scallops for the shrimp.

Sea Bass a la Michele

Rating: 5 stars 126
Whenever I can't decide on what to do with a piece of fish, I usually opt for this easy and crowd-pleasing technique, which involves roasting seafood after it's been slathered in a highly seasoned vinaigrette. And by crowd, I mean wife. It's baked on top of a warm potato salad.

Tortilla Espanola

Rating: 4.5 stars 52
Tortilla Espanola is a dish I make all the time at home. My boyfriend's family are Spanish, and he just loves this authentic dish. It's easy to prepare and always a crowd pleaser. Traditionally this dish only uses only onions, potatoes and egg; however I like to add a little green, either parsley or chives depending on your taste. They're both wonderful.

Paella I

Rating: 4.5 stars 191
A very traditional paella, garnished with chorizo, chicken, peas, squid, mussels, and shrimp. Chorizo is a sausage spiced with garlic and chili powder; remove casing before cooking. A paella pan is recommended.
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Paella

Rating: 4.5 stars 122
Sausage, chicken, shrimp and rice dish!
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Inspiration and Ideas

Authentic Paella
Rating: Unrated 26
My grandmother emigrated from Valladolid, Spain. This is her AUTHENTIC Paella (Spanish rice)!
Spanish Rice and Shrimp
Rating: Unrated 2
I created this recipe to replicate paella for a crowd. I love paella, but it's expensive and not everyone likes the mussels and sausage in it. Serve this dish with a good Spanish wine and some bread and oil and it will be a sure crowd-pleaser!
Fabada
Rating: Unrated 10
Spanish Cod
Rating: 4.5 stars 190

A delicious Spanish cod recipe with a pungent tomato sauce, green olives, and marinated vegetables. Throw some jumbo shrimp in with the fish for an even more delicious and impressive meal.