Top-Notch Tapas: 7 Recipes for a Spanish Culinary Adventure

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It is time to take your tastebuds on a little culinary tour — to Spain. While you’re taking yourself on this faux-foodie trip, you might as well experience as many flavors as possible, and there is no better way to do that than with tapas. With tapas, some plates are bigger, and meant to be shared, while others are prepared in bite-sized portions. Either way, they are perfect for appetizers or components of a meal. You can make as many or as few as you’d like. To experience Spain without ever leaving home, here are seven tapas recipes.

1. Gambas Al Ajillo (Shrimp with Garlic)

You can swap the shrimp in this recipe for scallops or squid if you prefer. No matter what seafood you use to make this recipe, in the end you’ll have a creamy dish — perfect for dipping bread into.


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 pounds shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 4 -6 garlic cloves, minced (more if you are a garlic lover)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (to taste)
  • 4 tablespoons flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • Salt
  • Fresh ground pepper

Directions: In a wide, shallow sauté pan over high heat, warm the olive oil and the Butter; add the shrimp and garlic and sauté quickly for about 2-3 minutes. Add the lemon juice, paprika, pepper flakes, and salt and pepper to taste. Adjust seasonings to your liking. Transfer to a warmed serving dish, sprinkle with the parsley and serve at once.

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