Fish preserves are an age-old tradition in Spain, thanks in part to the country's affinity for seafood, as Spaniards consume more than 50 lbs. worth per person annually. So, they know what they're talking about when it comes to seafood. In restaurants, tapas bars, and homes throughout Spain you'll find canned seafood served as a delicacy, even straight from the tin or jar.
As Chef Rick Bayless says on The Feed Podcast (2015 James Beard award-winner for Best Podcast) after sampling Donostia Foods Bontio del Norte tuna, sardines, and octopus, "People really need to get into this, canned seafood from Spain".
Slowly, they are. Coming in at number 15 in the Saveur 100 for 2015, top-quality Spanish conservas (preserved foods) are catching on in the United States, as our premium canned seafood is featured in restaurants from San Francisco to New York, served straight from the tin just like in Spain.
Spanish canned seafood is unique because of the variety and high quality of products found in jars and tins, and the attention paid to traditional, hand-crafted methods of production. This is why Spanish anchovies and Bonito del Norte tuna from the Cantabrian Sea, and mussles, octopus, and sardines from the waters of Galicia, are such a culinary delight. Anything you might find in the supermarket is the same in name only.
We offer the best available price/quality ratio available because we import each product ourselves. For more information on each, including customer reviews, please click on an item below.
Premium loins from Bonito tuna (Thunnus alalunga) line-caught in the waters of the Bay of Biscay and prepared in Basque Country. Described as “one of the great gastronomic pleasures of everyday life,” Bonito tuna is renowned for its delicate texture and flavor. For a simple pintxo flake apart the pieces with a fork and serve on crispy slices of toast with piquillo peppers, topped with a little of the... View full product details
Premium Cantabrian anchovies from the waters of northern Spain, wild-caught via sustainable fishing techniques and delivered fresh to the factory, presalted, cured in a "salmuera" brine of water, fat, and sea salt, and ultimately hand filleted and packed in olive oil. Cantabrian anchovies are renowned for their quality, meaty fillets ranging from reddish brown to light caramel with flavor that is the ideal balance of oil, sea salt, and fish; nothing... View full product details
Mussels in Escabeche, or Pickled Sauce, from the waters of Galicia in northwest Spain. The region’s rugged shores provide an abundance of crustaceans and mollusks, many of the best harvested for canning and preservation to capture and accentuate the flavors of the sea. The escabeche is a marinade of sunflower oil, vinegar, paprika, nutmeg, garlic, cinnamon, and salt. These mussels make a simple, flavorful tapa straight from the tin... View full product details
Octopus in Olive Oil, prepared and packed by hand. These pieces of pulpo (octopus) are moist and delicate and preserved in just olive oil and salt to retain and enhance the natural flavors of the sea. Excellent directly out of the tin, you can also lightly heat the octopus and add a touch of piment d'Espelette or paprika to taste for a simple pintxo. Featured on The Feed Podcast... View full product details
Our most difficult product to keep in stock as it's quickly become a best-seller; get them while you can. Sardines from the waters of Galicia in northwest Spain, prepared and packed by hand in olive oil. While diminutive, these sardines are packed with the flavor of the sea, healthful Omega 3s, and are harvested via sustainable techniques. You can eat them straight from the tin or skewer them on... View full product details
Looking for a unique gift for the foodie in your life? Look no further. Spanish seafood conservas are an age-old tradition in Spain, the finest of the day's catch going directly into the jar or tin with exemplary olive oil and salt to preserve and enhance the best flavors of the sea. Coming in at number 15 in the Saveur 100, top-quality Spanish conservas (preserved foods) are catching on in... View full product details
Would you like to share an authentic, flavorful taste of Spain with friends and family? This gift box will do just that. All the necessary ingredients for the Gilda pintxo in one beautifully assembled gift. For a simple, classic example of a pintxo from Donostia-San Sebastián, just skewer a guindilla pepper, a Cantabrian anchovy fillet, and a manzanilla olive on a toothpick. Allegedly invented at Bar Casa Vallés in... View full product details
White anchovies, boquerones, from the waters of northern Spain. Filleted by hand in the traditional fashion, packed in oil and vinegar for a mild, fresh, and tangy flavor quintessential of San Sebastián. Our favorite example of the classic ingredients you'll find at pintxo bars throughout the Parte Vieja. We do not yet have boquerones available for order. They are a special care item, requiring shipment with ice packs and insulation, so we're... View full product details