Here is the definitive list of common Spanish cooking verbs — a useful partner to cookbooks – or just watching your favourite cookery show. We put this list together to help everyone; from the traveller rocking up in a Barcelona Tapas bar for the first time, or for that romantic date at that local Spanish restaurant.
If we have missed any let us know.
A la Marinera
Common style of cooking in Spanish cuisine, “A la Marinera” is cooked with white wine, onions and sometimes tomatoes.
A la Parrilla
Charcoal grilled – also known as a la brasa.
A la Plancha
Grilled on a metal plate.
Fried or sauted with garlic.
Al Pil-pil means that the item has been prepare in a particular kind of sauce, originating in the Basque country.
Spanish for “steamed.”
An emulsion sauce made with garlic and olive oil. Eggs are usually added for stability. It is like a garlic mayonnaise.
This simply means “roast” or “roasted.”
Sandwich or a Baguette.
Cafe con Leche
“Cafe con Leche” is a coffee drink, similar to a “Latte.”
Spanish for “Meat” and can refer to beef, pork and lamb.
This simply means “casserole” or “saucepan.”
Cocido is a traditional chickpea-based stew.
Spanish for “breakfast”.
“Dulces” is the Spanish term for sweets.
“Entremeses” are also listed on menus as “entrantes.”
Stewed or “pot-roasted.”
Ham, a very popular food in Spain.
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