Favorite Basque Recipes


Rack of lamb lunch at the Basque Cultural Center.

To help you enjoy Basque food, we’ve prepared the most exhaustive list of Basque recipes you’ll find on the web. 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.

The Basques pride themselves on using high quality, fresh ingredients. Marmitako, txipirones en su tinta and kokotxas al pil-pil are just a few of the many seafood and fish dishes that developed in the Basque coastal region. Sheep, cattle and native pigs are raised in the more mountainous farming region, where you will find different types of sausages (txistorra, lukainka), txuleta (steak) and lamb stew known as txilindron. Cheeses made from cow’s milk and sheep’s milk are also popular.

We also have video recipes as part of our popular collection of the best in Basque recipes. The video below is part of a playlist, so you can simply keep watching for a series of good Basque recipes.

As you’ll see, our list of Basque recipes below is comprehensive. While there are more Basque recipes on the internet, only the best of them are included here. Our own EK recipes, which are tried and true, are listed in bold.

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: (We have some great recipes submitted by our readers in the comments box at the bottom.)

Above: This Basque recipes playlist will show you how to whip up tasty, healthy and popular Basque dishes.


Chef Gerald Hirigoyen’s Piperade recipe from his book, “Pintxos”

EK’s Basque bean recipes

EK’s quick and easy paella

EK’s porrusalda and other Basque soups

Basque Vegetable Soup

Basque-Style Peppers

Gateau Basque – EK’s list of the best Gateau Basque recipes

Roasted Chestnuts, Basque-Style

EK’s Burnt Basque Cheesecake Recipe


Pimientos Rellenos (Stuffed Peppers) from the Smithsonian

Axoa de Veau (veal stew), a great winter dish that’s also low carb.

Lamb Stew, Sheepherder Bread and Flan Recipes from NPR

Basque Beef Tenderloin Crostini and Basque-Style Green Sauce with a kick of jalapeño



Poulet Basquaise; Basque chicken
Anthony Bourdain’s recipe for Poulet Basquise – Basque chicken

Basque Chicken from Culture of the Table

Chef Hirigoyen’s Chicken Thighs with Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce

Anthony Bourdain’s Poulet Basquaise

Basque Chicken from Food52

From Amazon: In “Pintxos,”
renowned chef Gerald Hirigoyen
provides many wonderful recipes
for the fingerfood dishes
the Basques are known for.

Quick and Easy Paella de Veracruz

Kokotxas en Salsa Verde (fish cheeks in green sauce) from Basco Fine Foods

Basque Cod in Tomato Sauce

Basque Country-Style Pasta With Shrimp

Basque Shrimp with Chimichurri from Food Network
Basque-Style Baked Whole Snapper from Food Network
Basque-Style Baked Spider Crab Recipe from The Guardian

Basque-Style Tuna Belly

Cod, Cockles and Shrimp in Basque Wine Sauce from Food and Wine

Hake and Clams in Salsa Verde from Spain Recipes

Saveur’s Basque Seafood Stew

Shrimp with Grapefruit-Vanilla Nage Recipe from Tinto’s in Philadelphia

Chef Jose Garces’ Txangurro (Crab) Salad Sandwich

Basque-Style Peppers

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

Chef Gerald Hirigoyen’s Piperade recipe from his book, “Pintxos”

Tortilla de Patatas - Potato Omelet
Tortilla de Patatas – A potato omelet
EK’s Tortilla de Patatas – Potato Omelet

Tortilla de Patatas from the Udaleku 09 Basque Summer Camp

Basque Eggs from Home Cooking in Montana

Basque Vegetable Rice from Eating Well

Piperade with Duck Eggs


Chocolate souffle served at Benji's Basque restaurant in Bakersfield
Chocolate Souffle from Benji’s in Bakersfield must be ordered 30 minutes ahead

Gateau Basque – EK’s list of the best Gateau Basque recipes

Roasted Chestnuts, Basque-Style

EK’s Burnt Basque Cheesecake Recipe

Crepe Recipe from the Udaleku ’09 Basque Summer Camp

Old-fashioned Basque Rosquillas
Basque Sheepherder Bread from Sunset Magazine

Amazon: Teresa Barrenechea,
former chef and owner of
Marichu’s in New York,
authored this gorgeous cookbook.

Dacquoise Cake Recipe from NY’s former La Cote Basque

Pastel Vasco with Blackberry Compote and Cream Looks delicious.

Vanilla-Scented Beignets by Chef Gerald Hirigoyen

Soup and Stew Recipes

See our Porrusaldu and other Basque soup recipes

Basque Chicken Stew

Basque Potato Lentil Soup

Basque Sausage and Garbanzo Soup

Cooking Basque garlic soup
Isidore Camou cooks garlic soup.

Basque Seafood Soup from the Los Angeles Times
Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Basque Chorizo and Spinach

Chorizo and Lentil Soup from ChezUs

Simple Basque Fish Soup

Garbanzo, Chicken and Sausage Soup

Marmitako (Basque Potato and Tuna Stew) from Mostly Foodstuffs

Marmitako (Fresh Tuna and Potato Stew) from Spain Recipes

Oxtail Stew in Brown Gravy from Carson Valley Country Club

Potage Luzienne, or Olive Soup from St.-Jean-de-Luz

Amazon: Chef Gerald Hirigoyen’s
tribute to Basque cooking


Basque Baked Eggs

Croquetas de Bacalao – Cod Croquettes

Chef Gerald Hirigoyen’s Chicken Wings with Spicy Basque Ketchup

Chopped Egg Salad with Caper Berries and Fresh Herbs by Chef Gerald Hirigoyen

Zen Can Cook’s Piquillo Pepper Stuffed with Salt Cod Brandade

Piperada Bocadillo – Egg and Pepper Sandwich

Amazon sells Piment d’Espelette

Prawns and Romesco Sauce and White Anchovies with Parsley Mousse

Smoked Fish and Fruit Pintxos

Zen Can Cook’s Stuffed Squid with Chorizo

Salad and Dressing Recipes

Basque Tomato Salad

Squid and Black-Eyed Pea Salad by Chef Gerald Hirigoyen

Basque Salad Dressing – Makes a lot!

Basque Salad Dressing with Red Wine Vinegar


Basque Bellini – White Sangria with Cointreau

Kalimotxo Recipe from the New York Times
Picon Punch – Almost Unknown in the Basque Country

Basque Cooking Video