A guide to food in Spain – A


  • a la parrilla/plancha: grilled

  • a la romana: fried in batter

  • abadejo: pollock (Pollachius pollachius)

  • acedia (lenguadillo) – wedge sole (Dicologlossa cuneata). a small fish of the sole family

  • aceite de girasol: sunflower oil

  • aceite de oliva: olive oil

  • aceite de soja: soya oil

  • aceituna: olive

  • acelgas: chard

  • achicoria: chicory

  • adafina: Sephardic dish of chick peas, thought to be the earth mother of all cocidos.

  • adobo: marinade

  • Afuega’l pitu an unpasteurised cow’s milk cheese from Astruias. The name comes from its tendency to stick to a person’s palate (“pitu”). It is considered to be one of the oldest Spanish cheeses.

The cheese is made from cow’s milk from cows milked in the afternoon or evening and heated between 25º C and 30º C (77-86ºF) with a coagulant added so the milk forms curds. After midday the following day, the curds are cut and deposited in a mold to drain. From the mold it is passed to a sack or bag (“Fardela”) for the “Trapu” version or left with the form given by the mold (“Troncado”-Trunk) like a bishop’s mitre. Salt is added, as is paprika (pimentón) if desired. After a few days the period of curing starts with aging occurring on wooden planks for a period between a week and several months. The resulting cheese is normally white (blanco), with a red (rojo) variety is also made where paprika (pimentón) and/or cayenne pepper are added to the cheese before moulding to shape using the form (“Troncado”-Trunk) or cloth bag (“Trapo” o “Trapu”). Afuega’l pitu

  • agridulce: sweet and sour

  • agrio: sour

  • aguacate: avocado

  • aguardiente: generic name for alcoholic drinks between 29 and 45 percent alcohol, meaning literally “burning water”

  • ahumado: smoked

  • ajo: garlic

  • ajoarriero: salt cod dish with garlic and red peppers

  • ajoblanco: a white Andalusian soup

  • al ajillo: in garlic

  • al horno: baked

  • albahaca: basil

  • albaricoque: apricot

  • albóndigas: meatballs

  • alcachofa: artichoke

  • alcaparras: capers

  • alfajores: cakes made of flour, honey, almonds and several spices, including cinnamon and commonly eaten at Christmas

  • alcohol: alcohol

  • alfajor
  • algarroba: carob. See Chocolate vs Carob on the forum

  • aliño: dressing

  • alitas: wings (chicken)

  • almazara: olive oil mill

  • almidón: starch

  • Almogrote
  • all i oli (alioli): catalan garlic sauce in its true form just garlic and olive oil, but more unfortunately often passed off as garlic mayonnaise
  • almejas a la marinera: clams cooked in wine and parsley

  • almeja: clam

  • almendra: almond
  • almíbar: syrup

  • almorta: sweet pea. The flour of almorta is used to make gachas manchegas. More here.

  • altramuz: lupin seed (Lupinus albus). Commonly eaten at fairs.

  • alubia negra: black bean

  • alubia roja: kidney bean

  • amanida catalana: Catalan salad

  • amontillado: variety of sherry that is darker than fino but lighter than oloroso. (Wikipedia)

  • ancas de rana: frog’s legs

  • anchoa: anchovy

  • androlla: Galician sausage

  • anguila: eel

  • angula: elver Deep fried elvers are an essential and astonomically expensive part of Basque cuisine.

  • anís: aniseed, or aniseed flavoured spirit

  • añojo: cow or sheep between 18 and 24 months old, and hence its meat

  • apio: celery

  • arándano: cranberry, blueberry

  • arbequina: tasty little green olives from Lerida and Tarragona

  • arenque: herring

  • arenque ahumado: similar to kippers

  • arròs al forn (Catalan): baked rice.

  • arròs negre (Catalan)

  • arroz: rice

  • arroz a la cubana: rice with tomato sauce and egg

  • arroz con leche: rice pudding. Particularly good in Asturias.

  • asado/asar: roast

  • asadura: melts (entrails). Served fried

  • Asturian food

  • atún: tuna. Within which we have: atún claro – yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacare); the smaller atún rojo – bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) and the highly prized bonito del norte (Thunnus alalunga), with a plethura of names in English of which albacore seems to be the most accepted. though longfin tuna sounds better.

  • ave: poultry

  • avellanas: hazelnuts

  • avestruz: ostrich. Spanish-raised ostriches are a common sight

  • azafrán: saffron

  • azucar: sugar

  • azúcar glacé: icing sugar

  • azúcar moreno: brown sugar


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Cómo se dice a la romana en inglés,

Spanish batter,

What is batter in Spanish,

Pollock inglés traduccion

pollock in spain

Spanish translation pollock

What is pollock in Spanish

aceite de girasol en ingles

Spanish sunflower oil

Sunflowers in spain

soya oil in Spain

aceituna en inglés

acelgas english

Spanish chard

Chard in Spain

Achicoria English translation

Chicory in Spain

Spanish chicory

How do you say card in Spanish?

Spanish marinade

Agridulce en ingles´

sweet and sour in Spanish

como se dice agrio en inglés?

Ho wdo you say sour in Spanish?

Spanish avocados

Avocados in Spain

Aguardiente traducción ingles

Smoked products in spain

Spanish garlic

Garlic in Spain

How to make ajoarriero

How do you cook ajoarriero?

What is ajoarriero?

Recipe for ajoarriero

How to make ajoblanco

How do you cook ajoblanco?

What is ajoblanco?

Ajoblanco recipe

English for albahaca

Como se dice albahaca en inglés?

Spanish for basil

How do you say basil in Spanish?

Spanish basil

Basil in Spain

Spain basil

Albaricoque inglés

Spanish apricots

Apricots in Spain

Com o se dice albóndigas en inglés?

meatballs in Spain

Spanish meatballs

How do you cook spanish meatballs?

Artichokes in Spains

Spanish Artichokes

Traducción inglés para alcaparras

Capers in Spanish

Capers in Spain

Spanish for capers

How do you say capers in spanish?

Spanish alcohol

What are alfajores?

Spanish carob

Carobs in spain

Algarroba en inglés

What is all i oli?

allioli recipe?

How do you make all i oli?

Almeja inglés

Clams in spain

Spanish clams

Spanish clam recipes

How do you say almeja in Spanish?

How do you cook almejas a la marinera?

Almonds in Spain

Spanish almonds

Como se dice almíbar en inglés

Spanish for syrup

Spanish syrup recipe

Spain syru

Como se almidón en inglés?

Spanish translation of starch

What is altramuz?

How do you say lupin seeds in Spanish

Lupin seeds in Spain

spanish beans

beans of Spain

alubia translation

kidney bean Spain

Spanish kidney beans

What is Catalan salad?

What is amontillado?

ancas de rana en inglés

frog’s legs in Spanish

frog’s legs in Spain

anchoa en inglés

spanish recipe for anchovy

how do you say anchovies in Spain

what is androlla?

Anguila transation

eels Spain

spanish eel recipes

spanish eels

eels cuisine

angula english

como se dice angula en inglés?

spanish elvers

elvers in spain

what is anís

aniseed in spanish

como se dice apio en inglés?

what is añojo

spanish celery

celery in Spain

spanish celery dishes

arándano en inglés

arándano english

how do you say cranberry in Spanish?

spanish cranberries

cranberries in Spain

blueberries in Spain

spanish blueberries

what are arbequinas?

Kippers spanish

Kippers in spain

Are there Kippers in Spain?

Arenque english

como se dice Arenque en ingles

herring spain

arròs al forn recipe

how do you cook arròs negre?

What is arròs negre?

how do you cook Catalan black rice?

arroz a la cubana english

spanish rice dishes

arroz english

english arroz cuisine

spanish roasts

Spanish melts

spanish entrails

spanish tuna dishes

poultry in spain

avellanas english

como se dice avellanas en ingles

hazelnuts of spain

spanish hazelnuts

hazelnuts in spain

hazelnuts in Spanish cuisine

avestruz english

ostriches in spain

ostrich meat in spain

como se dice azafrán en inglés

azafrán english

how do you say saffron in Spanish?

azúcar glacé ingles

icing sugar in spanish

spanish icing sugar

icing sugar spain

azúcar moreno ingles

brown sugar in spain

spanish sugars