Cuisine from Spain Podcast 16 – Setas

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This seasonal mushroom dish, made here using wild setas, can actually be adapted to make a great tapa all year round.


4 cloves of garlic
3 Tbs olive oil
Half a kilo/1 pound wild mushrooms (setas)
Half a glass of white wine
3 sticks of parsley
Salt (a generous pinch!)
Pepper (optional)


Start by washing the mushrooms thoroughly, then place them in a sieve and let them dry for a while – if you need to cook them immediately, dry them a bit with a tea-towel. With the type of mushrooms I used, you can simply tear them into strips but if you use button mushrooms you need to slice them with a knife.

Put all the oil in a frying pan and wait till it starts to smoke. Add the garlic, which has been previously peeled and sliced roughly, and stir with a wooden spoon. When the garlic starts to brown add the mushrooms and stir them every now and again for 5 minutes. At this point add the wine and turn the heat down to medium. After another 5 to 10 minutes add the parsley and serve immediately.


If you want to try adding even more flavour to this dish, you can fry some bacon or ham (serrano or parma) in the oil with the garlic (remember that the garlic will need less time than either of these ingredients.)

If you can’t find wild mushrooms that you thing will be suitable, standard or button mushrooms will do just fine.

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14 thoughts on “Cuisine from Spain Podcast 16 – Setas

  1. Marina

    Thanks Carol, it’s makes me feel so happy :-))) to hear that the recipes get cooked and even more to hear that they are a success!!!

    I’d like to ask you what kind of mushroom did you use? And if they were difficult to find in your area?

    Ps I haven’t forgoten that I have to post a pic with type of mushroom that I used for this recipe -Setas cardo – and the orange ones -Niscalos.

  2. Vicodin Detox

    I love Spanish cuisine! And while it’s quite easy to consume, some of it is harder for me to pronounce! I make all kinds of dishes. I would like to have some cold finger foods recipes so I can share them with my colleagues at the monthly meetings in which we share food.

  3. Alex

    I believe the collective term for “some sticks of parsley” or any other herb is a sprig. I.e. add a sprig of sage to bring out the flavour of the meat.

    Is there a term in Spanish?

  4. Marina

    Thanks Alex.
    We would use “una ramita de perejil” or whatever the quantity is but I don’t think we have a collective name.
    … we have “Ramo” (bunch) but that is used for flowers, I don’t think one would use it with herbs.

  5. Terri

    For Marina: “una ramita de perejil” would translate exactly as “a sprig of parsley”, so between you and Alex, you have it right.

    For Ben: When I clicked on the link to see a picture of the mushrooms, it said I had to be a forum member, and to log in, and I am not a forum member. Can I see the pictures somewhere else? As a mushroom hunter in California, I am VERY interested in the type of wild mushrooms used for this recipe in Spain.

  6. Terri

    Many thanks for your reply. I’m pretty sure that the picture of the mushrooms in the higher box are what we call “Oyster Mushrooms” here, or “Pleurotus ostreatus”—Latin name. They have a very delicate flavor, and thus the way Marina prepared them in a simple mild garlic, olive oil and white wine sauté would accent their flavor wonderfully. I commonly use them in a simple Cream of Mushroom soup (delicious), and they are also good dipped in a thin egg batter, rolled in bread crumbs and fried. I can’t wait for the next time my husband and I forage for some wild mushrooms this coming spring so I can make the “Setas” recipe on the podcast. One question–is “Setas” a generic term for all mushrooms in Spain, or does it refer to the particular kind of mushroom used in this recipe? In Colombia and Mexico, we just called all mushrooms “hongos”. Again, muchas gracias for your reply, and to both you and Marina for the wonderful podcasts.

  7. shirley

    WOW! I have been searchinbg for any reference to setas since cooking them in Sitges, Espana over thirty years ago. I live on an island but would love to find a source for these wonderful mushroom in the So. of Boston, MA. area. thanks for sharing this info.

  8. Marina

    Hi Terri,

    Setas is quite a generic name and it is used for many types of mushrooms except maybe the button mushrooms, known in Spanish as Champiñones, which are the easiest to find in Spain shops.

    Shirley, I hope you can get hold of some setas in your area soon.

    Thanks to Terri, Phillip and Shirley for your comments

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