Delicious as Spanish cuisine is, visitors to Spain often get confused when ordering Spanish dishes in a restaurant, or when buying Spanish foods in local shops and markets. So, below, you'll discover basic Spanish food words with their English translation. Foods - and drink - are listed alphabetically according to the Spanish word. You may think there's a lot to learn when you first look at them. But try memorizing just ten a day ... ... You'll soon amass an amazing knowledge of traditional Spanish food. Plus, you'll enjoy visits to Spanish restaurants, bars, and shops much more. So, bookmark our Spanish food dictionary page and return until you've learnt all the following words ...

spanish food dictionary: A-C

aceite = oil
aceite de oliva = olive oil
aceitunas= olives
ajo = garlic
albóndigas = meatballs
alcachofas = artichokes
almejas = clams
almendras = almonds
anchoas = anchovies
angulas = baby eels
arroz = rice
atún = tuna fish
bacalao = cod
besugo = sea bream
bizcochos = sponge fingers
boquerones = anchovies
caballa = mackerel
calabacines = courgettes
calabaza = pumpkin
calamares = squid
callos = tripe
caracoles = snails
castañas = chestnuts
cebolla = onion
cerdo = pork
cerveza = beer
chipirones = squid
chorizo = spicy sausage
chuletas = chops
cocido = stew
conejo = rabbit
cordero = lamb
spanish food dictionary: D-L

dátiles = dates
empanadas = savory pasties
ensalada = salad
ensaladilla rusa = Russian salad
entremeses = hors d´oeuvres
espinacas = spinach
espárragos = asparagus
estofado = stew
fabada = haricot bean stew
fiambres = cold meats
flan = crème caramel
fresas = strawberries
fruta = fruit
gambas = prawns
garbanzos = chickpeas
gelatina = jelly
guisantes = peas
habas = broad beans
helado = ice cream
higos = figs
huevos = eggs
hígado = liver
jamón = ham
jamón serrano = Spanish cured ham
jerez = sherry
judías verdes = French green beans
langosta = lobster
langostinos = king prawns
lechuga = lettuce
lenguado = sole
lentejas = lentils
lomo = loin of pork
spanish food dictionary: M-Q

mandarinas = tangerines
mantequilla = butter
manzanas = apples
mariscos = shellfish
mazapán = marzipan
mejillones = mussels
melocotones = peaches
melón = melon
membrillo = quince jelly
merluza = hake
mermelada = jam
morcilla = black pudding
naranjas = oranges
natillas = cold custards
pan = bread
panceta = bacon
pastel = cake
patatas = potatoes
pato = duck
pavo = turkey
pepinillos = gherkins
pepino = cucumber
peras = pears
perejil = parsley
pimientos = peppers
piña = pineapple
plátanos = bananas
pollo = chicken
pomelo = grapefruit
pulpo = octopus
queso = cheese
spanish food dictionary: R-Z

raya = skate
remolacha = beetroot
repollo = cabbage
requeson = cottage cheese
revuelto = scrambled eggs
riñones = kidneys
romero = rosemary
salchichas = sausages
salmón = salmon
salmón ahumado = smoked salmon
salsa = sauce
sandía = water melon
sardinas = sardines
sidra = cider
sopa = soup
tallarines = noodles
tarta = cake/tart
ternera = beef
tomates = tomatoes
tomillo = thyme
tortilla (francesa) = omelette
tortilla española = Spanish omelette
trucha = trout
turrón = Spanish nougat
uvas = grapes
vino = wine
zanahorias = carrots
This list of Spanish food vocabulary was kindly provided by Top Spanish Recipes, a new source for Spanish recipes and general food and wine information.