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Last updated: 11 January, 2023

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 - traditional foods you must try in Croatia
Experience

Brudet

Croatia

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

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

Burek

Croatia

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.

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risotto with cuttlefish - traditional foods you must try in Croatia
Experience

Crni Rizoto

Croatia

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

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

Fritule

Croatia

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.

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

Mussels Buzara

Croatia

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.

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

Oysters

Croatia

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

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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

Pasticada

Croatia

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.

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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

Peka

Croatia

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.

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Prsut - traditional foods you must try in Croatia
Experience

Prsut

Croatia

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.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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

Soparnik

Croatia

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

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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