Canned foods are often considered a quick fix in the kitchen, but here in Spain, they are anything but a quick fix.
As Lauren Aloise of Spanish Sabores well explains to us, Spanish conservas are considered among the best canned goods in the world, and some products cost up to sixty-five times more than a really good steak. With that kind of price tag, they may be considered luxury products.
We leave you a small list of the most demanded canned seafood products in Spain, get them, depends on you.
1. Anchoas (anchovies)
Some of the most prized of Spanish conservas, the best Spanish anchovies generally come from the Cantabrian Sea and are cured in salt, expertly cleaned and deboned and canned in the best extra virgin olive oil.
2. Mejillones (mussels)
The best canned mussels come from Galicia and are often covered in a light escabeche sauce.
3. Berberechos (cockles)
A small member of the clam family, look for the Galician ones and enjoy them with a nice glass of Albariño wine.
4. Navajas (razor clams)
Long and thin, these are perfect straight from the can with a squeeze of lemon juice.
5. Almejas (clams)
The most expensive Galician clams sell for around sixty-five euros for a small can of fourteen, but even if the best of the best isn’t in your budget, a cheaper can is quite delicious too.
6. Sardinas (sardines)
My favorites for making a quick tapa. Toast up some bread and drizzle on extra virgin olive oil, a sun-dried tomato, and a juicy sardine.
7. Ventresca de atún (tuna belly)
One of the most delicate and delicious bites you’ll enjoy, perfect with seasonal Spanish tomatoes.