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Favorite Basque Recipes

The rack of lamb dinner at the Basque Cultural Center's recent anniversary celebration.
Photo by Christine Uruburu Falconer.

The rack of lamb dinner at the Basque Cultural Center's recent anniversary celebration. Photo by Christine Uruburu Falconer.

The rack of lamb dinner at the Basque Cultural Center's recent anniversary celebration. Photo by Christine Uruburu Falconer.

The rack of lamb dinner at the Basque Cultural Center's recent anniversary celebration. Photo by Christine Uruburu Falconer.

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Anyone who has visited the Basque Country, eaten at a Basque restaurant or attended a Basque festival can attest to the importance that Basques place on fine-cooked cuisine.

To help you enjoy Basque food, we’ve prepared the most exhaustive list of Basque recipes you’ll find on the web. We’ll also be regularly adding a video recipe to our popular collection of the best in Basque recipes. The first one is posted below.

As you’ll see, our list of recipes below is comprehensive. But with your help, we’d like to add more.

Click here to read our recommendations for the top Basque cookbooks in English.

Have a favorite recipe from your ama or amatxi? If so, let us know by posting it as a comment and we’ll include it with the rest of the recipes below: (New recipes are at the bottom of each category and are marked by the date they were added. We also have some great recipes submitted by our readers in the comments box at the bottom.)

Above: This video will show you how to whip up a tasty, healthy and popular Basque dish.

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Basque Lamb Chops

Chicken and Chorizo Sauté 

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Poultry Recipes

Basque Chicken

Basque Chicken Stew

Braised Basque Chicken

Cecile’s Basque Chicken and Rice

Chicken Thighs with Spicy Tomato-Pepper Sauce by Chef Gerald Hirigoyen

Chicken With Chorizo

Poulet Basquaise

Poulet Basquaise or French Basque Chicken

Quail with Pickled Shallots

Rice with Rabbit, New York Times

Spanish Basque Chicken

Spicy Basque Chicken

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Fish Recipes

Basque Cod

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Basque Shrimp with Chimichurri

Basque-Style Baked Snapper

Basque-Style Baked Spider Crab

Basque-Style Tuna Belly 

Cod with Basque Wine Sauce

Cod with Peppers

Hake and Clams in Salsa Verde

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Shrimp with Grapefruit-Vanilla Nage


Vegetarian Recipes

Basque beans – EK’s selection of the best Basque bean recipes– new!

Basque Eggs

Basque Potatoes

Basque Vegetable Rice

Eggs Piperade


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Piperade with Duck Eggs 

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Dessert/Pastry/Bread Recipes

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Basque Apple Pie

Basque Rosquillas

Basque Shepherd Bread

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Crepes Basquaise

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Soup, Stew Recipes

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23 Responses to “Favorite Basque Recipes”

  1. Koldo on December 5th, 2009 7:22 am

    Here you have the easiest Basque recipe:
    Idaho Potatoes in green sauce (Flora Alzola Barainka, Riddle & Mountain Home, 1900-1906)

    Serves four:
    1 kilogram of Idaho potatoes
    4 tablespoonsful oil (in the old times Amuma used a kind of butter)
    3 garlic cloves
    Plenty of chopped parsley

    Prepare the potatoes by peeling them, cutting them into slices (5 mm) and rinsing them under the tap-
    Put the oil and the garlic cloves, chopped very fine, into an earthenware casserole. Fry them lightly, without allowing them to brown, and then add the sliced potatoes, turning these over once or twice in the oil.
    Now add sufficient warm water to cover them and salt, according to taste together with a large quantity of chopped parsley-
    The mixture should simmer very gently, but not be stirred; only move the casserole about occasionally to make sure it does not set on the bottom.
    Boil until the potatoes are ready, which should take some 25 minutes or so. If they seem to be drying up before they are quite cooked, then a little more warm water must be added.
    When adding the oil to this dish, with parsley and garlic cloves, it is also possible to put in a slice of previously-soaked dry sweet pepper; as another alternative, slices of hard-boiled egg can be added when the potatoes are already cooked. Some cooks put in a hake head (could be cod) when the dish is about half-cooked.
    * The fish (hake or cod) should be clean, removing the gills and eyes and rinsing it in running cold Bruneau river water.

    With the inspitarion of Juanito Echevarria, in dedication to my Granma Flora Bengoechea Alzola, born in Bruneau in 1903.

  2. Margaret Jayo Cooper on August 4th, 2014 10:15 am

    I make the above dish frequently, the same as my Mother always made it, Potatos en Salsa Verde.

  3. Koldo on December 6th, 2009 2:56 am

    Here you have the famous Biscayan Sauce, the greatest (with the piperrada- Urdazubi, Zugarramurdi,…Altzai-: nire ustez).

    Serves 6
    80 gms bacon
    6 tablespoonful Navarre oil
    12 dried sweet peppers
    3 medium-sized onions
    3 garlic cloves
    2 hard boiled egg yolks
    3 decilitres of Bruneau river water, or fish or meat stock
    3 slices toast
    1/2 a teaspoon sugar
    Cayenne pepper

    Fry the bacon and whole garlic in earthware casserole with the oil. When they are pale golden brown, add the onions sliced into very thin rounds and leave them to simmer on a very low flame till they are soft, taking care that they do not burn.

    Add the toast slices to thicken sauce

    Finally, add the flesh of the dried sweet peppers (which should have been left to soak in warm water for two or three hours, previously), scraping it off with a knife. Some cooks add a medium size tomato, peeled and cut into small pieces, but this is a matter of taste.

    Now add half a teaspoon of sugar to counteract any bitter flavour which the peppers may have given to the sauce. Season. Now and the hard-boiled egg yolks put to the fine sieve and the water, or fish or meat stock, according to the weather the sauce is to go with a fish or a meat dish. If desired, a small amount of Cayenne pepper may be also added (Try with Ezpeletako biperrak sauce as well).

    Allow the ingredients to cook for a quarter of an hour, until they thicken, and then put them through a fine strainer.

    If the sauce appears too thick, add a little water to thin it.

    Serve it very hot. Take care!. Kontuz ibili!

  4. Koldo on December 7th, 2009 5:55 am

    Jose Maria Busca Isusi was one of the greatest experts in Basque cuisine. For him, at the top of the Basque sauces were the Green Sauce and the Biscayan Sauce. The third could be the Bearnetarr Kutsu Euskalduna= Basque Bearnaise Sauce:

    5 shallots
    3 egg yolks
    120 gms butter
    1 teaspoon paprika
    1 very dry sweet pepper
    3 tablespoonful vinegar
    1 large glass dry white wine
    White pepper
    Juice of half lemon
    1 tablespoonful very finely-chopped parsley

    Put the shallots into a pan with the tarragon, all chopped very fine, with the vinegar and the white wine. Reduce this liquid on a high flame to about half. Put on one side.

    Into another casserole put the dry sweet pepper, having first ground it to powder in a mortar, with to egg yolks, the paprika, a little ground white pepper and about 60 gms. of butter in small knobs. Set the casserole on double-boiler (the temperature should not go above 80º), and begin beating the mixture, adding the concentrated stock, after having strained it, a little at the time; the beating must be continuous. Add the other egg yolk, the other 60 gms, of butter as small knobs and, if a larger quantity of sauce is needed, the more yolks and butter must be added, without stopping the beating process.

    Finally, add the lemon-juice and tablespoonful of chopped parsley. Season with salt.

    To keep this hot, it should be left on the double-boiler, beating it from time to time.

    This is a sauce to serve with meat and fish dishes, as well as an accompaniment to eggs and vegetables such as endive, artichokes, etc.

    If the sauce curdles, add a spoonful of cold water and beat it hard, away from the flame.

    With the inspiration of two great cooks: Juanito Etxebaria & Milagros Diharasarry. On egin!.

  5. Koldo on December 7th, 2009 6:07 am

    For those great celebrations you have in the USA, here you have a nice drink:

    Cidre au patxaran
    (Association Sagartzea, Donaixti-Ibarre, Baxenafarroa)

    Mix 1/4 patxaran with 3/4 cider. Serve it very cold (without ice).

    Be careful & don’t drive!

  6. Koldo on December 17th, 2009 10:02 am

    Comencemos por recetas de pastores NAVARROS. Hoy haremos MIGAS una comida que el pastor se llevaba a la montaña. En los viejos tiempos, se acompañaba con sebo y, como mucho, con tocino. Hoy se ha sofisticado un poco. La receta pertenece al restaurante TUBAL de Tafala, uno de los mejores restaurante de Navarra.

    Ingredientes para cinco raciones

    1 pan de cabezón o de pueblo, de tres o cuatro días de 1500 g.
    1 taza grande de manteca de cerdo
    el sebo de un riñon de cordero
    15 centímetros de txistorra
    6 lonchas de bacon
    2 filetes de lomo de cerdo
    1 cucharadita de pimentó dulce
    1/4 L. DE AGUA
    3 dientes de ajo
    un poco de guindilla (o polvo de pimiento de Ezpeleta)


    Cortar el pan en sopas cortas y finas
    Depositarlas en un paño humedecido con un poco de agua y desmenuzarlas con la mano. Cerrarlas con el paño, atando las cuatro puntas del mismo, teniéndolas durante veinticuatro horas.
    Picar el sebo muy menudo y hacer igual con los ajos.
    Cortar en trozos pequeños la txistorra, el bacon y los filetes de lomo.
    Poner un calderete o sarten a fuego lento con la manteca y el sebo. Inmediatamente, se vierten los ajos picados. Antes de que empiecen a tomar color, se incorpora el pimentó, la txistorra, el bacos y el lomo, dejando freir cinco muntos. Agregar dos terceras partes del agua y la guindilla. Pasados tres minutos, se empieza a agregar el pan, lo que se hará en cuatro veces, removiendo constantemente con una espomadera, teniendo que quedar ni secas ni con caldo. En el caso que necxesiten más agua se va añadiendo la que nos queda mientras se termina de hacer.

    * Se comen muy calientes del caldero o sartén con cuchara de palo.

    — Acompañadlas de un vino fresco: tinto o rosado (Ardo gorri, Naparra). en California tenéis buenos vinos.

    — Mucho cuidado: ni dejéis que se enfríe, ni abuséis. Como dice un amigo mio, está es comida para estómagos navarros.

    A los pastores que bajaban con los rebaños a pasar el invierno se cantaba esta jota:

    “A la Bardena Real,
    ya vienen los roncaleses
    a comer migas y pan
    por lo menos, seite meses”.

  7. Deena on December 18th, 2009 1:30 pm

    I just published a Marmitako recipe to add to the list:

  8. Koldo on January 14th, 2010 7:33 am

    Sigo con pastores vizcaínos, pero de Idaho:

    Guisado de oveja, al estilo Owyhee-Bedarona

    Cortar la carne de oveja joven en trozos. Echar manteca de cerdo en una cazuela y colocar los trozos de oveja. Añadir mucha cebolla picada y unos ajos.

    Cuando todo esté dorado, echar un vaso de agua y que siga haciéndose hasta que esté tierna la carne.

    * Flora Alzola, del caserio Etxebarri de Bedarona, llegó a Idaho en 1900. Vivió en Bruneau, Riddle y Mountain Home.

  9. Dewi on October 24th, 2012 8:20 am

    Thank you so much for providing all of this delicious link. I have been looking for bread recipe that stuffed with soft chorizo inside it. I think it’s called ‘torto’. Would you like to share the recipe? Thank you ;).


  10. Nitapper on April 12th, 2013 7:40 pm

    Does anyone know the recipe for the salad dressing from the restaurant Del Alpes in San Francisco? I’m talking many years ago…the family style dinner served there every night included a salad dressing on the lettuce salad. It was delicious. One of the recipes sounds a little like it on this site but I’m not sure if it is the same one.

  11. Earl Stern on July 6th, 2014 2:17 pm

    Good for you! I remember that wonderful dressing. I wish I had that recipe and I think that it might have contained egg yolk and mustard. I would be grateful for a copy if someone replies. Many thanks, Earl Stern

  12. Jim on July 5th, 2014 6:42 am

    Passing through Winnemucca recently and stopped at Martin Hotel for an excellent meal. Hoping someone has a recipe for a hominy chorizo side dish we had there?

  13. Nancy Zubiri on July 5th, 2014 3:25 pm

    Hi Jim:
    I hope someone can help you out with this….
    The Editors

  14. Kurt on May 16th, 2017 9:37 am

    Oh my, this is 3 years later, but I agree that Martin Hotel hominy side dish is AMAZING

    Spicy Sausage (soup) with Hominy

    1 lb mild sausage (I used hot Italian) casings removed
    1 onion diced
    1 can (14oz) diced tomatoes (I used mild Rotel)
    1 can (15oz) black beans (I used garbanzo beans)
    1 can (15oz) yellow hominy, drained
    1 can tomato soup (condensed)
    3 1/2 cups water (I didn’t use)
    2 cups beef broth (I used about 3/4 cup)
    1 cup salsa –optional (I didn’t use)
    1 tsp parsley, dried

    Brown sausage in a large Dutch oven or soup pot and drain fat.
    Add diced onion and cook until tender.
    Add everything else, but the parsley and stir. Bring soup to a boil and then reduce heat to low and allow to simmer for about an hour.
    Stir in the parsley and season to taste. (you may not need additional seasoning, I didn’t)
    Serve with warm bread (I made cornbread)

    I found it here…!/2011/11/spicy-sausage-with-hominy.html

    God Bless the Basque

  15. Nanette Elissague on December 19th, 2014 12:03 pm

    I have a question. My Basque grandmother always served a spaghetti style side dish for Thanksgiving and Christmas she called “Domitilla.” It has been a family tradition as long as I can remember (over 60 years) and she protected the recipe by not allowing anyone outside the family to have it. I’ve searched the internet but cannot find this dish mentioned anywhere. Has anyone ever heard of this? Perhaps I have it spelled incorrectly. The sauce is very thick (paste like in consistency) and has boiled (then ground) round steak, bacon, vegetables, tomato sauce and cheddar cheese mixed with cooked spaghetti then baked. Does anyone recognize this as a Basque recipe? I would love to know more about it’s origins. Thank you.

  16. plasterer bristol on March 4th, 2015 12:18 am

    Yum, sounds really delicious. Thanks for sharing this.


  17. Patricia Ehda on January 17th, 2016 9:34 am

    My grandparents were French Basque, they used to make a pork sausage caled “lukinka”. I would like to make this and keep the recipe in the family. So if anyone knows of this sausage I would appreciate if they would give it to me.
    Thanks, Patty

  18. Harry on May 4th, 2016 10:53 am

    What a wonderful website! I moved from Bakersfield about 10 years ago and truly miss my Basque meals ! I am desperately trying to get the “salsa” recipe from Benji’s in Bakersfield. It was a wonderful red sauce served with butter and bread. Thank you

  19. Mary Bean on August 5th, 2016 3:23 pm

    This is a wonderful website! I’m a native of Reno, NV who now lives in Ohio, and whenever we are in Reno (about once a year) dinner at the Santa Fe restaurant is a must. We do miss Joe, the bartender who made the best Picons. Although I’ve never had a bad meal or experience there, I find that I crave, crave, crave the garlic soup that is served with every dinner. It is to die for, especially in the colder months! Does anyone have or can anyone get the recipe for the garlic soup? I would be most appreciative. Than you.

  20. RODRIGO MANTILLA on September 8th, 2016 12:15 pm

    I left Bakersfield some years ago.
    The one thing I miss the most, is the Memorial Day Festival.
    In particular, the farewell breakfast at Wool Growers on Monday.

    I heard the Chino Basque Club, has what they call a traditional
    breakfast also for Labor Day, Christmas and Easter?

    Is this breakfast at Chino, of the same variety as Wool Growers?
    You know, blood sausages, chorizo, bacon, fried eggs, potatoes, cheese,
    salsa, and wine on the table? I would like to know before I decide to travel there.

  21. Donna on January 30th, 2017 6:58 am

    Hi! Has anyone the recipe for Pastel de espinaca? A sweet pie I used to buy in Bilbao!

  22. Nikki on November 22nd, 2017 5:16 pm

    Hi, I am trying to find a recipe for garlic butter served at Woolgrowers in Bakersfield. . I know it has parsley, garlic, butter and maybe oil, anything else? I can’t get mine to come even close theirs.

  23. Jim Mustain on December 7th, 2017 3:02 pm


    I happened to see a reference to Irigarays in Stratford that referred to your book. I was raised in Lemoore, knew all of the Irigarays, especially Louis and Martin. Ate at the restaurant many times, have missed it ever since. My family was friends with many of the Basques in the area, probably the reason I love lamb.

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