Delicious Croatia

Authentic Croatian recipes and the most popular Croatian wines.

Croatian cuisine can be divided into a few regional cuisines such as Istrian cuisine, Dalmatian, Slavonian, Zagorje's cuisine... each influenced by the neighbouring countries or historically, conquering super powers. Croatia's mainland cuisine is characterized by the earlier Slavic and more recent contacts with Hungarian, Austrian and Turkish culture - a lot of meat, lard and spices (especially paprika) while the coastal region bears the influences of the Mediterranean cuisine - Greek, Italian (especially Venetian) and French - a lot of olive oil and fresh herbs. Although, variations of most of the dishes are found across the whole country.

The most famous meat dish (although it also has a mollusc variation) is the "Peka / Ispod peke" or in rough translation “under the bell”. Mostly lamb or veil (or an octopus) are being cooked under a domed clay or metal bell covered with hot coals so that the meal is cooked slowly in its own juices. It is usually accompanied with a lot of potato (prepared in the same method) and a seasonal salad or/and soup.
Soups are an integral part of a meal in Croatia and there isn't a Sunday or special occasion without it. The soups are usually broth based with added pasta or dumplings and vegetables. The meat from the soup (baby beef) is usually served aside and tastes delicious with a bit of mustard!
Stews are very popular in Slavonia and Central Croatia (with a little meat and some vegetables you could make a meal for the whole family in times of poverty). Some of the most popular stews are fish stew (fis paprikas - Slavonia), beef stew Pasticada (Dalmatia)..
When it comes to pasta, thanks to the Italian influence, it is very popular especially in on the coast. Istria has many meals with home made pasta such as Fuzi.

Hake Soup

Hake Soup
Ready in: 30 min
Serves: 4
Complexity: very easy
Origin: Dalmatia

This nice, clear soup is an excellent starter for seafood meals. It requires minimum effort and invigorates.

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Black risotto

Black risotto
Ready in: 1.5 h
Serves: 4
Complexity: medium
Origin: Istria and Kvarner, Dalmatia

Black cuttlefish risotto is a dish which you will see on all menus along the coastline from Istria to Dubrovnik. It is a dish with a special flavor which will captivate your taste buds.

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Granatir or Grenadier march

Granatir or Grenadier march
Ready in: 30 min
Serves: 4
Complexity: very easy
Origin: Slavonia

"Granatir" or "Grenadier March" is a very simple dish originating from Slavonia. Its name suggests that it was made as a meal for soldiers (grenadiers) before long marches.

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Buzara Style Shrimps

Buzara Style Shrimps
Ready in: 40 min
Serves: 4
Complexity: easy
Origin: Dalmatia

This is a very simple and delicious recipe loved among locals in Dalmatia. It is also the most popular way to prepare fresh shrimps.

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Ravioli with Asparagus

Ravioli with Asparagus
Ready in: 1.5 h
Serves: 4
Complexity: medium
Origin: Istria and Kvarner

Although not many enjoy preparing their pasta at home, this is a simple recipe from Istria, very popular in Spring when fresh asparagus are available

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Fried olives

Fried olives
Ready in: 20 min
Serves: 4
Complexity: Very easy
Origin: Dalmatia

A tasty, easy starter excellent when combined with a home-made schnapps.

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Figs and wine for your cold

Figs and wine for your cold
Ready in: 15 min
Serves: 2
Complexity: Very easy
Origin: Dalmatia

Winter brings snow, happiness, gifts and.. colds. So here's an old Dalmatian recipe for preventing colds and sore throats.

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Prosciutto and melon with shrimp tails

Prosciutto and melon with shrimp tails
Ready in: 30 min
Serves: 4
Complexity: easy
Origin: Dalmatia

It's not really a recipe but the cool melon and the salty prosciutto make an excellent combination and with added shrimp tails is an excellent summer appetiser.

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Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin Soup
Ready in: 60 min
Serves: 4
Complexity: easy
Origin: Slavonia

This is a specialty of the Slavonia region. It is a tasty thick soup for cold winter days.

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