Chorizo in Cider Recipe (Chorizo a la Sidra) - Spanish Sabores

Chorizo a la Sidra (Chorizo Cooked in Cider)

Today David shares his classic chorizo a la sidra recipe. This easy Spanish recipe is always a bit hit!

With summer on the way, my go-to dish right now is chorizo a la sidra—Spanish chorizo cooked in cider. The perfect combo of smokey, paprika-spiced pork and sweet apple, this classic tapas recipe is quick, easy, and incredibly tasty!

Chorizo cooked in cider (Chorizo a la sidra)
Chorizo cooked in cider is a delicious (and easy!) tapas dish you can make at home. Photo by Victor Bayon on flickr CC.

Choriza a la sidra is a dish you’ll find all over Spain, with two ingredients popular with every chef in the country: chorizo sausage and hard apple cider from Asturias. During the summer months, a cool glass of this lightly alcoholic, lightly fizzy cider is a welcome relief from the heat of the day. But its flavors really shine when it’s paired up with its partner in crime; salty, smokey, and spicy chorizo.

Devour San Sebastian Pintxos Tour cider
Sidra from Asturias – I LOVE this stuff!

Given how simple this recipe is, it’s important to only use the best quality ingredients that you can afford. There’s no room to hide here! This is a great side dish at barbecues, and can be eaten alongside salads, pasta dishes, or just eaten straight out of the bowl with a hunk of crusty toasted bread.


Chorizo cooked in red wine

Chorizo a la Sidra (Chorizo Cooked in Cider)

Try this classic Spanish tapas dish: smoky chorizo sausage cooked in apple cider.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Spanish
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 286.44kcal
Author: David Pope


  • 500 g of chorizo fresh or semi-cured
  • 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups of apple cider
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons of parsley roughly chopped, to serve


  • Slice the chorizo into two-centimetre pieces (just under an inch) and set aside.
  • In a frying pan, heat the olive oil over a medium heat.
  • Add the chorizo to the pan, and fry until the pieces start to brown (roughly 5 minutes).
  • Add the cider and the bay leaves, and toss the chorizo to coat. Simmer for 5-8 minutes, or until the cider turns syrupy, with streaks of red oil on top from the chorizo.
  • Spoon into a bowl, and garnish with the chopped parsley.


Calories: 286.44kcal | Carbohydrates: 6.78g | Protein: 13.49g | Fat: 21.77g | Saturated Fat: 7.78g | Cholesterol: 52.08mg | Sodium: 1000.19mg | Potassium: 66.98mg | Fiber: 0.16g | Sugar: 5.69g | Vitamin A: 409.94IU | Vitamin C: 2.31mg | Calcium: 6.56mg | Iron: 1.76mg
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