Marinera Recipe

Tereza Ruzickova 2 min 0 Comments
Instituto Hispánico de Murcia - Marinera Recipe

The “marinera” is probably the most typical tapa that you can have in Murcia, and it’s a mandatory order when enjoying an aperitif. Its just-right size allows you to accompany a drink without taking away your appetite for the main meal, making it the perfect bite. Do you want to know how it’s made?

Russian salad contains potatoes, tuna, pickled variations, eggs, olives, and mayonnaise. Added to the doughnut and anchovy, it provides a varied dish, although a bit calorific due to the mayonnaise, but an indulgence that is a delight for the palate.

If you don’t like the taste of anchovies, don’t worry; in Murcia, we have a solution for that. You can accompany it with anchovies and it’s called “marinero,” or don’t accompany it and have the doughnut with the salad, which is called “bicicleta.” And if you don’t like the salad, you can always have a “matrimonio,” or in other words, an anchovy with a boquerón.


  • 3 potatoes
  • 2 cans of tuna
  • 100g pitted olives
  • 200g pickle and carrot variations
  • 1 hard-boiled egg
  • 1 jar of mayonnaise
  • Doughnuts
  • Anchovies (MARINERA)
  • Boquerones (MARINERO)


  1. Boil the cleaned and unpeeled potatoes in plenty of water for about 45 minutes (this will depend on the size of the potatoes; to check if they are cooked, pierce them with a fork, and if they are soft, they are done).
  2. Simultaneously, boil the eggs for about 20 minutes. Once the cooking is complete, drain the water and let them cool. While the potatoes and eggs cool, cut the pitted olives into fixed slices.
  3. Peel and mash the potatoes. Cut the egg into small pieces. Mix the potatoes with canned tuna (drained and to personal taste), eggs, and variations. Mix everything together.
  4. Add mayonnaise (to taste) until it is homogeneous.
  5. Taste and add salt if necessary. Russian salad is a recipe that allows for personal preferences in quantities. The quantities are indicative, and you can add as much potato, egg, tuna, and variations as you like until you achieve the desired taste.
  6. Serve on a doughnut with an anchovy on top (marinera), or with a boquerón (marinero). If you don’t want anchovy or boquerón, you can serve the salad on a doughnut (bicicleta).

Enjoy your meal!

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