Enjoy the vibrant and diverse tastes of Spanish cuisine without spending hours in the kitchen, here’s our top 30-minute recipes!
While some traditional Spanish dishes may take longer to prepare, there are several quick and delicious Spanish recipes that you can make in 30 minutes or less. Many of these recipes are tapas dishes, perfect for entertaining or a quick and easy snack, but there are also a few main meal recipes that can easily be made in around 30 minutes.
30-Minute Tapas Recipes
30-Minute Main Meals
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Spanish meals made in 30 minutes or less
Whether you’re after a quick snack or an easy weeknight meal, these quick Spanish recipes are not only easy to make but also packed with delicious flavors that will transport you to Spain in no time.
Here are just a few ideas:
Spanish Omelette (Tortilla Española)
A classic Spanish dish made with eggs, potatoes, onions, and sometimes other ingredients like bell peppers. It’s hearty, simple, and can be served warm or at room temperature. Check out our new and improved Tortilla 2.0 recipe it’s quicker, easier, healthier, and much tastier recipe.
Chorizo and Chickpea Stew
Sauté sliced chorizo with onions, garlic, and bell peppers. Add canned chickpeas, diced tomatoes, and a splash of broth. Simmer until heated through, and you have a flavorful and quick stew.
If you’re looking to make this recipe extra special, allow a little more time and let the ingredients simmer. The delicious paprika-infused oil will release from the sausage and infuse with other stew ingredients. Check out our Smoky Spanish chorizo stew with spinach and chickpeas recipe here (note: this one takes a tad longer than 30 minutes for best results).
Mushroom and shrimp tapas – Champiñón con Gamba
Made famous by a little restaurant nestled away in Calle de Laurel in Logroño Mushroom and Shrimp tapas is the perfect recipe when you want something tasty and quick to prepare. Ready in around 10 minutes and with just 5 simple ingredients, you really can’t go wrong!
Here’s our 10 minute Mushroom and Shrimp tapas recipe.
Pan con Tomate (Spanish Tomato Bread)
Toast slices of rustic bread, rub them with garlic and then grate fresh tomatoes over the top. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt for a delicious and easy tapas or snack. This is a classic Spanish recipe and you’ll find it served all over Spain as a quick and tasty breakfast.
Check out our super tasty 5-Minute Pan Con Tomate (Vegan Recipe) here.
Gazpacho is cold tomato-based soup comes together quickly in a blender. Blend ripe tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, onions, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, and bread. Chill and serve for a refreshing summer meal. Oh, and it is 100% vegan-friendly too!
When the days are long and hot, there’s nothing better than preparing a batch of Salmorejo ready for a tasty and refreshing snack. Salmorejo is a cold soup that hails from the Andalusia region of Spain and is not only healthy and loaded with antioxidants but is also really satisfying on those warm summer nights when it’s too hot to cook.
- Salmorejo can be made in around 15 minutes (including the time taken to hard-boil the eggs). Here’s our favorite Salmorejo (Easy 15-Minute cold soup recipe).
- We’ve also got a quick and tasty Vegan Salmorejo recipe here which only takes 10 minutes to make.
Spanish Garlic Shrimp (Gambas al Ajillo)
Hands down, Gambas Al Ajillo is our favorite tapas recipe to date and we make it regularly at Spanish Radish HQ.
Sauté shrimp with olive oil, garlic, Ñora red pepper flakes until cooked. Finish with a splash of white wine and lemon juice. Serve with crusty bread for dipping and mopping up the delicious oil. Bliss!
Sautéed Chorizo with Red Wine
Slice chorizo and sauté it with red wine until the wine has reduced and forms a flavorful sauce. It’s a quick and delicious tapa.
Ensalada Rusa (Russian Salad)
A popular Spanish potato salad made with boiled potatoes, carrots, peas, tuna, hard-boiled eggs, and mayonnaise. Mix the ingredients together, and you have a cold and creamy salad ready in no time.
Here’s our Ensalada Rusa / Russian Salad recipe with a vegan option.
Roast chicken thighs with tomato, red wine, and herbs is a full-flavored one-pot recipe that comes together in minutes. With just 2 minutes of prep time and around 25 minutes in the oven, you’ve got juicy roast chicken thighs simmered down in a red wine, tomato, and herb sauce.
Black Squid Ink Pasta with Baby Squid
Squid ink pasta with baby squid is better known in Spain as ‘Fideua negra’ and can be found most prominently up and down the Mediterranean coast.
The Squid Ink flavor is delicious, and best of all, this recipe is quick and very easy to make. It’s ideal for a midweek dinner or for when you need something fast and flavorsome. Our Squid ink pasta recipe serves 4 people and can be whipped up in around 30 minutes.