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17 Delicious Dishes That Are Worth a Trip to Spain For

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Updated: 8 September 2017
Spain has such a wide variety of different dishes, it’s not just all about paella and tapas. Each region of Spain has its own typical dishes that are all different and unique. From bacalao pil pil and migas to salmorejo and pisto, here are 17 delicious dishes that are worth a trip to Spain for.


Paella is one of the most classic Spanish dishes. It originates from the Valencia region and can be made in either seafood, meat or vegetable varieties. The traditional rice dish is flavoured with saffron, garlic and paprika. The most typical Valencian type of paella is made with rabbit, snails and broad beans.

Bacalao pil pil

Hailing from the Basque Country, Bacalao pil pil is a popular cod dish. The cod is fried with garlic and olive oil and a bit of chilli, until the fish oil and the olive oil forms an emulsion. It is called ‘pil pil’ because of the popping sound it makes when it cooks.

Bacalao a pil pil
Bacalao a pil pil | © Jun, Flickr


Migas is a dish typically from Andalusia, Spain’s southern region. It is made from either fried flour or fried bread crumbs mixed with garlic, green peppers and pieces of chorizo (spicy sausage).

Migas scented with orange
Migas scented with orange | © Jonathan Pincas / Flickr


Similar to gazpacho, salmorejo is a cold tomato soup. It’s made from tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, and bread to thicken it up. It comes from the city of Cordoba and is traditionally topped with pieces of Spanish ham and boiled egg.


There are not many vegetarian dishes in Spain, but pisto is a rare exception. It’s similar to a ratatouille and features aubergines, courgettes, onions and peppers, cooked in a thick tomato sauce. It is sometimes served with a fried egg on the top. Pisto comes from the La Mancha region, south of Madrid, but can also be found across Andalusia, too.

Pisto dish from Spain
Pisto dish from Spain | ©Kobako / Wikimedia Commons


The Catalan version of paella, fideuá (which is also found in Valencia) is made with short noodles instead of rice. There are different versions of fideuá, just like with paella, but one of the most typical is made with squid and squid ink and is served with aioli (a garlic mayonnaise).

Pulpo a la Gallega

Pulpo a la Gallega is Galician-style octopus. The octopus is usually boiled, placed on top of slices of potato and sprinkled with paprika. It is typically served on a thick wooden plate.

Pulpo a la Gallega, Galicia
Pulpo a la Gallega, Galicia | © Javier Lastras / Wikimedia Commons

Garbanzos con espinacas

Literally chickpeas with spinach, this dish has influences from the Moors and can be found in Andalusia. It is a kind of stew made from chickpeas, spinach and onions, and is flavoured with garlic. Sometimes pine nuts and raisins are also added.

Garbanzos con espinacas
Garbanzos con espinacas | ©regan76 / Flickr

Suquet de peix

Catalan fish stew is made with various types of fish including dorada and monkfish, as well as prawns, tomatoes, onions and potatoes. This is complemented by picada – a topping made from crushed almonds, garlic, bread crumbs, saffron and parsley.

Suquet de peix
Suquet de peix | ©TeRe. B / Flickr