Mussels dish

Gastronomy in Santander


Santander is a city of great gastronomic prestige thanks to its varied menu, on which seafood is the main protagonist, especially shellfish, clams, sardines, red mullets, squid and sea bass, among many others.

Santander also maintains a variety of bonitos, anchovies and cattle (especially ox and heifers), as well as a menu of high-quality, flavourful cheeses.

All this magnificent diversity makes it possible for those in Santander to prepare very popular traditional dishes such as the famous squid rings and “cocido montañés”.

His majesty, the seafood

Clams
If there is an indispensable protagonist in Santander cuisine, it is undoubtedly seafood.

Thanks to the purity of the waters that bathe the coast of Santander Bay, it is common to find clams, spider crabs, velvet crabs, Norway lobsters, mussels, lobsters and squid of the highest quality.

In addition to this abundant variety of shellfish, the waters of Santander are full of hake, sea bass, anchovies, scorpion fish and sardines.
 
Thanks to these products from the sea, it is possible to prepare “sorropotún”, hake in green sauce, clams in a casserole, “manganos” with onions in their ink and many other exquisite preparations.

The celebration of meat

Bovine meat, especially the tudanca cow, is another essential pillar on which the rich Santander diet is based, so much so that the Torrelavega National Livestock Fair is held in Cantabria. This is the most important livestock fair in all of Spain.

Large game of roe deer, deer and wild boar are also key elements in the preparation of authentic banquets such as the previously mentioned “cocido montañés”, which is served with cabbage, chorizo, beans and, especially, rice black pudding.

With the blood and guts of the pig, one of the most popular dishes is made: the “borono”, to which salt, onion, butter, corn and wheat flour are added, as well as pepper and cumin.

Dairy and honey

Cantabrian cattle have always had a well-deserved reputation for high quality, and their dairy products are no exception.

That is why Santander boasts excellent high-quality derivatives such as butter and cream cheeses, as well as a range of excellent and exquisite cheeses.
 
Honey
“Picón” cheese, the “quesucos” of Liébana, made with a mixture of sheep's and cow's milk, and smoked cheeses stand out.

The honey that is made in Cantabria is of such high quality that it has its own protected designation of origin and is produced in a large area of Liébana that exceeds 500 square kilometres. This prosperous beekeeping industry, which developed very strongly from 2016, has become a true workhorse within the already excellent gastronomy of Santander.

Sweets and desserts

Santander abounds with excellent sweets and desserts. Among them are “quesadas pasiegas” and “sobaos pasiegos”, which are very popular and traditional, as well as puff pastry, widely spread throughout the region.

The heritage and influence of neighbouring regions is evident in much of the pastry that has penetrated deeply and withstood the passage of time. This includes custard, rice pudding, fried milk, curd and, especially, a rich selection of fruit jams.

The nectar of the earth

Cider
Santander also has a very active craft industry related to its traditional drinks, especially “orujo”, which has been distilled drop by drop since ancient times.

In addition to “orujo”, Santander has, in recent years, developed an industry for producing “chacolí” and cider.

These beverages, which in the past suffered a pronounced decrease in their production level, have been recovering as of late.
 
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