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Vegan Spanish Croquetas – Potato Croquettes

These vegan Spanish croquetas are the perfect appetizer for a tapas party! Make these delicious potato croquettes and serve them with some beer – perfect snack!

I love croquettes, but who doesn’t love them?! They have the perfect texture that makes you want to eat them again and again. Croquettes are not exactly healthy; they’re breadcrumbed fried rolls made with potatoes, cheese and even different types of meats. Plus, they’re usually served with sauces. Anyway, some vegan fast food is allowed every once in a while! 🙂

Because this month is the Spanish recipes month, I decided to make the Spanish versions of potato croquettes, called croquetas. Traditional Spanish croquetas are filled with jamón, chicken or cod, but you can easily veganize them and use your stuffings of choice.

There are so many versions of croquettes, for example, India has a potato-filled croquette called aloo tikki, in Japan you have korokke, Italy has crocchette with crushed potatoes or vegetables, and so on and so forth. Basically, almost every country in the world has its versions of croquettes. 🙂

Vegan Spanish Croquetas - Potato Croquettes

Croquettes can be different shapes and sizes: balls, cylinders, disks, so make these any way you want. I found it easier to make them oval-shaped. You can also try different types of fillings is spinach and cheese are not your favs. I personally like how the greens balance this meal.

Serve these vegan Spanish croquetas with any sauce you like. I made a vegan aioli for them. Hope you’ll like these delicious potato croquettes. Give them a try!

Vegan Spanish Croquetas recipe Potato Croquettes

Yield: 2+ servings

Vegan Spanish Croquetas - Potato Croquettes

Vegan Spanish Croquetas - Potato Croquettes crochete de cartofi reteta

These vegan Spanish croquetas are the perfect appetizer for a tapas party! Make these delicious potato croquettes and serve them with some beer - perfect snack!


  • 4 potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 120g (1 cup) vegan cheese, grated
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped parsley
  • 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 30g (1 cup) fresh baby spinach
  • 120g (1 cup) Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 Tbsp mustard
  • 2 Tbsp psyllium husks or ground flax seeds
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed
  • oil, for frying
  • a pinch of sea salt and some ground pepper


  1. Add the potatoes in a saucepan and cover them with water. Bring to a boil, add a generous pinch of salt and simmer over moderate heat until tender, 20 minutes. Drain and let them cool.
  2. Mash the potatoes in a large bowl.
  3. Stir in the grated vegan cheese, spinach, parsley and season with salt and pepper. Shape the mixture into round-shaped croquettes and transfer to a plate. Cover and refrigerate until firm, 30 minutes.
  4. Spread the breadcrumbs on a plate.
  5. In another bowl, add the psyllium husks (or ground flax seeds), 2 Tbsps of water, mustard, garlic and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  6. Roll the croquettes into the breadcrumbs, tapping off the excess. Dip the croquettes in the second bowl wet mixture to coat, then roll again in the breadcrumbs, pressing gently to help the crumbs stick.
  7. In a large saucepan, heat vegetable oil to 180°C. Deep fry the croquettes, turning them until golden and crispy, for about 3 minutes per batch. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Serve with dipping sauce and some beer.

Nutrition Information



Amount Per Serving Calories 942Total Fat 51.5gCarbohydrates 99.4gProtein 20g

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Thursday 20th of June 2019

Spanish croquetas are not made with potato though, those are the French ones. Spanish ones are made with bechamel, really easy to make vegan, just swapping the milk

Florence H.

Friday 22nd of June 2018

Loved, loved, loved these! I tried them last weekend for a party. I wanted it to be like a Spanish tapas. Everybody loved them! Yes, it was a bit of work, but so worth it! Thanks!


Friday 22nd of June 2018

Yay! So happy to hear everybody liked them! :D

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