Mouth-Watering Spanish Ham Tapas Recipes

Published : 07/17/2018 14:54:38
Categories : Eatapas News , Eatapas Suggestions , Recipes

There’s nothing quite like the delicious taste of authentic jamón.

In Spain, ham isn’t a delicacy, but a staple element in the Spanish diet, with many choosing to eat it on its own, or even wrapped around a juicy wedge of melon.

To celebrate this infamous product, and all its variations, such as Iberico and Serrano, we’re delving into some of our favourite ham tapas recipes.

Whether you’re looking for easy tapas ideas or simply some inspiration in the kitchen, we’ve got it covered. Here are our favourite taste bud-tantalising ham recipes:

Best Serrano Ham Recipes

Artisan, expertly-prepared Serrano ham is one the most popular Spanish products both in and out of Spain.

So, it’s unsurprising so many people choose to get creative with it! From Spanish starters to big family dinners, Serrano ham is a star component in many dishes.

Here are just a few of our favourites:

Serrano Ham, Lemon and Green Olive Meatballs in Tomato and Sherry Sauce

Throwing a Spanish-themed dinner party? You’re in luck. This recipe from the Happy Foodie is the perfect addition to any menu.

The mouth-watering combination of flavours, which all complement one another, makes this a worthy front-runner on our list of ham tapas recipes. Plus, we love the addition of sherry!


For the meatballs:

  • 50g crustless white bread
  • Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 150g thinly sliced serrano ham
  • 350g lean minced pork
  • 350g minced veal or chicken
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 50g pitted green olives, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • ¼ tsp pimentón picante (smoked hot Spanish paprika)
  • 4 tbsp olive oil

For the sauce:

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • ½ tsp pimentón, sweet or hot
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 200ml fino sherry or dry white wine
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • 200ml chicken stock
  • Salt

Brie Bruschetta with Tomato, Herbs and Serrano Ham

Love cheese and ham? Why not pair the two together?

This recipe from BBC Good Food does exactly that. Taking inspiration from both French and Spanish cuisine, this exciting Serrano ham tapas recipe is an explosion of flavours that’s sure to sizzle your tastebuds. It’s perfect for those with leftover cheese in the fridge!


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 125ml double cream
  • small bunch chives, snipped
  • 4 thick slices white bloomer-style bread
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced
  • 10-12 slices leftover Brie or Camembert
  • 4 slices Serrano ham or prosciutto
  • rocket leaves, to serve

Serrano Ham and Manchego Croquetas with Smoked Pimentón Aioli

On the hunt for a delicious croquetas recipe? We’ve found you one.

Combining two of Spain’s favourite products, Serrano ham and Manchego cheese, this recipe from Yummly is a sure crowd-pleaser. In the world of tapas starters, these ham croquetas are a must-try and perfect for sharing. We love the inclusion of jamon, making these Spanish croquettes a show-stopper!


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 1/3 cup serrano ham (finely chopped, can substitute prosciutto, about 1.8 oz)
  • 1/3 cup manchego cheese (grated, about 1.8 oz)
  • 1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • kosher salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • vegetable oil (for frying)
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika (Spanish sweet, such as Pimentón de La Vera)

Warm Kale Salad with Almonds and Serrano Ham

Fancy eating more healthily? Why not liven up a kale salad with some thin slices of Serrano ham? BBC Good Food knows exactly how it’s done.

We’re not sure if it’s the inclusion of almonds, or the way the flavour of jamon Serrano brings out the rest of the dish, but what do know is that we’re onto a winner with this Spanish ham recipe.

  • 2 banana shallots, sliced into rounds
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 200g kale, large stalks removed, leaves roughly torn
  • 4-6 slices serrano ham 
  • 3 celery sticks, thinly sliced on an angle
  • shavings of manchego cheese, to serve (optional)

For the dressing:

  • 2 tbsp sherry vinegar
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • pinch of sugar
  • 2 tbsp raisins
  • For the almonds
  • 2 tbsp whole blanched almonds
  • ½ tsp vegetable oil
  • good pinch of sweet smoked paprika

Porcini Risotto with Serrano Ham

Love risotto? Love Spanish ham? This recipe from Food&Wine is sure to be right up your street!

The combination of mushroom and ham makes this one of the best jamon recipes we’ve come across. It’s definitely a combination you’ll want to try at home, particularly if you’re a fan of Serrano ham and tapas.


  • 1 cup dried porcini mushrooms 
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water 
  • 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese 
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese 
  • 1 garlic clove, minced 
  • 7 cups chicken stock 
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 
  • 4 large scallions, minced 
  • 3 slices of lean bacon, finely diced 
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary 
  • 2 cups arborio rice 
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine 
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper 
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 
  • 1/2 pound thinly sliced Serrano ham, cut into strips 
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley

Pan-Fried Figs, Serrano Ham, Cream Cheese and Walnuts on Toast

Juicy figs, salty Serrano ham and soft cream cheese… This Serrano ham tapas recipe from Delicious Magazine is one that will certainly get your guests talking!

With this Spanish Serrano ham recipe, the mix of different flavours and textures will make your mouth water. We’re always keen to try something new in the world of tapas dishes!


  • 100g cream cheese
  • 50g walnuts
  • 4 slices bread, such as sourdough or rustic, toasted
  • 4 figs (see food team's tips)
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • a splash of sherry vinegar
  • a pinch of rock salt
  • 4 thin slices of Serrano ham

Delicious Iberico Ham Tapas Recipes

Many people get Iberico and Serrano ham confused. But, in fact, there are many differences between these two staples in the Spanish diet.

As if to prove it, there are many recipes solely dedicated to Iberico ham. From tapas starters to Sunday lunch ideas, Iberico is a jamon you shouldn’t underestimate.

High-quality Iberico bellota ham is easy to enjoy, as its famously nutty flavour and delicate texture means it is well enhanced by other ingredients.

For those who fancy a change from the bellota, Iberico cebo ham is another variation that’s hugely popular for many easy tapas recipes.

Here are just a few of our top picks:

Iberico Ham and Melon Salad

As mentioned previously, ham and melon is a popular food combination in Spain. This tradition hasn’t gone unnoticed by this recipe from HolaFoodie, which takes a salad to a completely new flavour dimension.

We can’t wait to sink our teeth into this! Who said healthy was boring?


For the salad:

  • 1/2 Melon
  • 50 g Iberico ham
  • 1/2 Pomegranate – seeds only
  • 1 Beetroot – shredded
  • 1 small handful Lamb's lettuce
  • Freshly ground black pepper

For the basil oil:

  • 25 g Fresh basil
  • 50 g Extra virgin olive oil

Ibérico Ham with Peppers, Hazelnuts and Parsley

We’re keen on simple dishes that are big on flavour. This recipe from Sainsbury’s will certainly hit the spot for anyone who’s keen on food that packs a punch!

We can’t decide our favourite element of this dish. It could be the sweet peppers and crunchy hazelnuts together, or maybe it’s just the inclusion of Iberico ham. Either way, it’s delicious!


  • 4 red peppers
  • 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp blanched hazelnuts
  • 1 small garlic clove, crushed
  • 0.5 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • sea salt
  • 120 g jamón Ibérico de bellota
  • 8 slice, toasted bread

Ibérico Ham and Garlic Toasts

Perfect for a summer’s day, this ham and garlic toasts recipe from Delicious Magazine is a welcome treat.

Easy to prepare and even easier to eat, we can guarantee that these toasts are incredibly more-ish! Whether you’ve made them to share, or to enjoy alone, this ham tapas recipe won’t disappoint.

  • 1 baguette
  • 12 slices of Ibérico ham or prosciutto
  • 1 garlic clove, cut in half
  • zest 1/2 lemon 
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Slow-Roast Tomatoes with Iberico Ham and Artichokes

Oozing elegance while being simple to make, this Iberico ham recipe from BBC Good Food is a healthy yet flavourful dish.

The best news is, they’re much quicker to eat than they are to prepare! The preparation time might be longer than expected, but the slow-roasting is worth it in the end. The flavours are delicious!

  • 100g sea salt flakes
  • 4 - 6 plum tomato, halved
  • 8 slices Iberico ham 
  • jar griddled artichoke 
  • handful black olive, Spanish or Kalamata
  • handful small-leaved flat-leaf parsley
  • olive oil, to serve

Clearly, in all of these delicious recipes, the star of the show is the Spanish ham. So, now you’ve got some inspiration for the kitchen, you just need the main ingredient. We stock only the finest artisan jamon in our online store. Browse our full range of authentic Spanish ham here.

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