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10 Traditional Croatian foods you must try in Croatia

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Last updated: 13 April, 2024

From squid ink risotto to steaming mussels, fritters to filo rolls, we asked Croatia specialist Annabelle Thorpe to select the Croatian foods and flavours you must try while you’re in Croatia.

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Brudet

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Brudet - traditional foods you must try in Croatia

Experience

A deliciously rich and garlicky fish stew, made with a variety of white and rock fish, and often also containing prawns and mussels.

Good for age: 18+

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Burek

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burek pie in a rustic wooden blue setting background and authentic dish, top view flat layout

Experience

Another great snack, Burek are filo rolls stuffed with a variety of fillings; minced meat is the most popular, but spiced potato, cheese and herbs and pumpkin are all popular fillings.

Good for age: 18+

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Crni Rizoto

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risotto with cuttlefish - traditional foods you must try in Croatia

Experience

Arguably the region’s most famous dish, the risotto is flavoured (and coloured) with squid ink, giving it a rich, treacly flavour.

Good for age: 18+

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Fritule

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Sweet homemade fritter balls powdered with icing sugar and served on decorated table

Experience

A street food favourite for those with a sweet tooth, these crispy fritters are tangy with lemon zest and a slosh of Schnapps, filled with raisins and dangerously moreish.

Good for age: 18+

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Mussels Buzara

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Traditional Croatian seafood - delicious prawns and mussels in red wine buzara sauce

Experience

A great, steaming bowl of Mussels Buzara is the ultimate seafood treat; a rich tomato sauce flavoured with garlic and parsley, make sure you have plenty of bread to mop it up.

Good for age: 18+

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Oysters

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Fresh oyster in plate of bread and lemon on the Raft at Mali Ston, Croatia

Experience

The Croatian coastline is famous for its world-class oysters, particularly in the waters around the village of Mali Ston, easily reached from Dubrovnik.

Good for age: 18+

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Pasticada

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Pasticada with gnocchi, beef stew in a sauce. Croatian cuisine - traditional foods you must try in Croatia

Experience

A great choice for meat-eaters, beef is stewed in sweet wine in prunes until it is soft and melty, and is usually served with gnocchi.

Good for age: 18+

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Peka

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Peka is a traditional way of preparing food. The cast iron bell seals in flavours and juices as meat, octopus or vegetables cook for up to three hours on bed of charcoal

Experience

A traditional way of cooking, peka is a mix of potatoes, sausages, seafood and herbs, covered with a bell-like lid, and then cooked slowly in the embers of a fire so the flavours blend together.

Good for age: 18+

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Prsut

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Prsut - traditional foods you must try in Croatia

Experience

The equivalent of Italian prosciutto, this air-dried ham is a staple in everything from pasta to chicken dishes, although it’s best eaten as a starter with a local salty cheese and olives.

Good for age: 18+

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Soparnik

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Soparnik - a thin dough filled with mangold, garlice and olive oil. Traditional food in Dalmatia, Croatia. Top view.

Experience

A traditional street food that dates back centuries, Soparnik is two layers of wafer-thin, crispy dough, filled with Swiss chard, parsley and garlic.

Good for age: 18+

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