Romesco Sauce Recipe

Spanish Romesco Sauce

Romesco sauce recipe Romesco sauce is a Spanish sauce made with roasted red bell peppers and nuts, often almonds. It’s rich, dense and so addictive. Roasting the red bell peppers amplify their sweetness and the overall flavor is transformed into one that is complex and satisfying. When roasted in the oven the sugars and amino acids in the peppers cook down and are transformed into new flavor compounds. That complexity is great but it doesn’t end there. Toasting the nuts builds another layer of flavor and that combination is what makes a romesco sauce recipe. Nuts that have been toasted in the oven have depth and much more. Not only does toasting improve the texture of the nuts but they take on a nutty aroma and actually bring something to the table in terms of taste. The first romesco sauce recipe, originally from the Catalan region of Spain, is believed to have been invented by a fisherman that made the sauce to eat with fish.

Place of Origin: Recipe difficulty:
Spain Medium
Preparation Time: Cook Time:
10 minutes 5 minutes
Yields: 1 ½ cup, servings vary

Romesco Sauce Ingredients

  • 1 unpeeled garlic clove
  • 1 small tomato
  • ½ cup almonds
  • 1 large jarred roasted red bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • Salt
  • Black pepper

How to Make Romesco Sauce?

Recipe for Romesco Sauce – Step by Step Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Line two oven-safe vessels with foil.
3. Place the garlic and tomato in one and transfer the nuts to a separate vessel.
4. Place both into the oven.
5. Remove the nuts after 2-3 minutes or when golden brown and fragrant. Set aside to cool.
6. Roughly chop the almonds.
7. Remove the garlic and tomato when both are caramelized. Cool.
8. Peel the garlic and add it to the bowl of a food processor with the tomato (roughly chop if needed), almonds and red pepper.
9. Add the lemon juice, parsley, cayenne and paprika.
10. Process until everything is finely chopped.
11. Run as you add the olive oil in a steady stream.
12. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.

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Ideas to Use – Fish with Romesco Sauce

Any romesco sauce recipe is often served alongside several traditional Catalan dishes. The most common being seafood dishes. Since it does pack a lot of flavor, it is best served alongside an entree so you can add as much or as little as you like. Although romesco sauce is often associated with fish, it can accompany meat and vegetable dishes too. There is also the choice of using it to flavor fish stews, soups, and tossing with pasta. You can even go in a rustic direction and serve the sauce with crusty bread.

Fish and potatoes with romesco sauce

Fish and potatoes with romesco sauce

Homemade Romesco Sauce recipe is fit for:

Vegan, vegetarian, lactose-free, ketogenic, low-carb, paleo, low-sodium and gluten-free diets.

This romesco sauce recipe is a real treat and you can use it to create so many palate-pleasing plates. The sauce is also customizable. Not only can you use any nut you like (hazelnuts are another common favorite for the sauce) but you can swap the fresh tomato for puree if you want to save time, add a splash of vinegar for bite, use more garlic or create your own spice blend.

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Category: Savory sauces, Seafood sauces

Origin: Europe, Spain

Diets: Gluten free, Ketogenic diet, Lactose free, Low carb diet, Low sodium, Paleo diet, Vegan diet, Vegetarian diet

Meals: Beef, Fish, Pasta, Pork, Seafood, Vegetables

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