Essentials for a Kitchen in Barcelona

This blog post was originally posted on November 11, 2016, and was updated on November 26, 2017.

Looking to stock the perfect Spanish kitchen? Whether you’re in Barcelona or not, there’s nothing better than a kitchen full of traditional Spanish ingredients!

Make sure to stock up with some traditional Spanish ingredients for the perfect Barcelona inspired kitchen!

Must-Have Spanish Spices

Spanish food is by no means spicy! However, there are still some absolute must-have Spanish spices. Furthermore, these are used in a variety of traditional Spanish recipes and dishes that you can find in Barcelona.

  • Salt: the paramount of Spanish cuisine.
  • Pimentón (paprika): the most widely-used Spanish spice.
  • Azafrán (saffron): make sure to get the real stuff!
  • Guindilla (cayenne pepper): for the occasional touch of heat, as seen in the delicious tapa gambas al ajillo.

Read more about traditional Spanish spices here on our lovely co-founder Lauren Alouise’s blog!

Looking for the perfect Spanish kitchen in Barcelona? Check out these tips on how to recreate it at home and of course all the traditional Spanish ingredients you will need!
Guindilla is also used to make spicy red bravas sauce!

Other Traditional Spanish Ingredients

As far as traditional Spanish ingredients go, there are a few staples that you also can’t miss.

  • Garlic: and lots of it!
  • Extra virgin olive oil: for everything
  • Parsley: to sprinkle over fish, stews and more
  • Bay leaves: to add extra flavor to your sauces, soups and stews!
No Spanish kitchen is complete without loads of extra virigin olive oil! Check out other ways to make a Barcelona kitchen with these traditional Spanish ingredients.
No Spanish kitchen is complete without loads of extra virgin olive oil!

Utensils in Every Spanish Kitchen

If you’re trying to recreate a Barcelona kitchen at home, there are certain utensils that no Spanish kitchen could stand without.

  • Mortar and pestle: used in traditional recipes to grind up different herbs and spices.
  • Immersion blender: the blender that will change your life. Perfect for making delicious dishes like gazpacho!
  • Terracotta ramekins: or ceramic ramekins/pots.
  • Ham stand and carving knife: if you’re really serious about your Spanish kitchen, you’ll have a leg of ham. You’ll also have the necessary equipment to slowly devour it!
  • Paella: the pan from which the dish gets its name!
  • Wine bottle opener: because good Spanish food needs good Spanish wine!
You will definitely need a paellera, a traditional paella pan, to make this delicious dish in your Spanish kitchen! Don't forget the traditional Spanish ingredients you'll also need to cook up a feast!
Making paella!

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