Spanish Main Dish Recipes

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

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Easy Paella

Rating: 4.59 stars
617
An easy to make paella using chorizo, chicken, and shrimp.

Spanish Octopus

Rating: 4.71 stars
17
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.

Authentic Paella Valenciana

Rating: 4.05 stars
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I lived in Spain for two years where I was taught the art of making the Paella which originated in Valencia. I haven't found anything on here which is even close to authentic, so I thought I would add this recipe for those who would like to try a taste of Spain. First and foremost you will need a special paella pan called a paellera or just a paella. Trust me after you taste this you'll be glad you bought the special pan.

Fried Empanadas

Rating: 4.52 stars
188
These fried empanadas are the best! Raisins and eggs make this recipe extra delicious believe it or not!

Spanish Potato Omelet

Rating: 4.46 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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Sea Bass a la Michele

Rating: 4.7 stars
125
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.

Pasta de Sardine

Rating: 4.03 stars
75
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.

Quick and Easy Paella

Rating: 4.85 stars
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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.

Paella I

Rating: 4.46 stars
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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.

Fabada

Rating: 4.22 stars
9
A traditional Spanish bean and ham dish, from the Asturias region.

Authentic Seafood Paella

Rating: 4.47 stars
15
Paella is a classic Spanish dish of rice cooked with shellfish and seasoned with saffron. It is perfect for easy entertaining.

Maria's Paella

Rating: 4.56 stars
62
This is the paella all your family and friends will beg you to make again. It has the true flavor of Spain and has been made by my family in Catalonia, Spain for many generations. Enjoy!
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Inspiration and Ideas

Paella I
"An excellent rendition of a great Spanish 'meal.' The instructions are perfect!" – T.C. MACD
Chef John's Chicken and Rice
See how to make arroz con pollo—or rice with chicken. Beautifully browned chicken pieces combine with lots of spices, onions, garlic, green olives, and capers.

Spanish Rice and Shrimp

Rating: 4 stars
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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!