Croquetas de Jamón Serrano Recipe - Traditional Spanish Ham Croquettes
Recipe type: Tapas
Cuisine: Spanish
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Serves: 24
This easy and delicious croquetas de jamón serrano recipe is my mother-in-law's favorite.
  • ~ 60 grams/4 T unsalted butter
  • ~ 60 grams/1/4 C olive oil
  • A bit less than 1 C of flour (120 grams)
  • One medium onion very finely diced
  • 1 Liter (~1/4 gallon) whole milk at room temperature
  • A pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 packet (250 grams) of jamón Serrano diced into small pieces
  • Flour for breading
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • Bread crumbs (try Panko for non-traditional extra crispy croquettes!)
  1. Melt the butter and warm the oil in a medium size pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the onion and sauté for a few minutes until it just starts to brown.
  3. Add a pinch of salt and the nutmeg (not too much because Serrano ham is already quite salty).
  4. Add the diced ham and sauté for 30 seconds more.
  5. Add the flour and stir continually, until the flour turns a light brown color.
  6. You must not stop stirring or the flour will burn!
  7. When the flour changes color, add the milk little by little, always stirring until you incorporate the entire amount. It should take about 20 minutes to add it all.
  8. Turn off the heat and let the dough cool a bit.
  9. Butter the sides of a large bowl or plastic wrap and wrap the croquette dough inside, covered directly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate a minimum of 4 hours but preferably overnight.
  10. To make the ham croquettes shape them into little logs (or use a pastry sleeve if you have one).
  11. Next, while heating a pan full of olive oil on the stove, pass the croquettes through the breading process. First, cover them in flour, then in egg, and, finally, in the breadcrumbs.
  12. Fry the ham croquettes in the hot oil and let them cool a few minutes before enjoying!
Recipe by Spanish Sabores - Simple Spanish Recipes & Travel Tips at