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The most famous of Lanzarote cuisine comes mostly from it’s surrounding oceans. Thanks to the island environment, the focus is of Lanzarote food and drink is on fresh and simple ingredients. Lanzarote cuisine relies on freshly caught seafood, potatoes grown in volcanic soils and simple dishes that feature seasonal produce and spicy sauces. Although distinct from Mediterranean food, you can really feel the influence of Mainland Spain as well as Latin America in many of the dishes.
Lanzarote is most famed for it’s speciality potatoes, known as ‘papas arrugada’ Grown in the rich volcanic soil of the island then baked in a mountain of salt, you can spot this delicacy by the wrinkled skin of the potato and the delicious red pepper sauce that usually comes drizzled all over them. Another popular example of gourmet Lanzarote cuisine is their own take on the Latin American fish stew known as ‘sancocho’.
Soups & Stews
The Lanzarote locals know a thing or two about whipping up a fantastic soup. Three of the most well known are the fish soup, known as ‘Sopa de Pescado’; the sweet corn soup called ‘Caldo de Millo’ and the famous Lanzarote ‘El Potaje’, a well liked and nutritious stew made up from potatoes or lentils cooked with a variety of seasonal vegetables.
While in Lanzarote, get your hands on some ‘gambas al ajillo’, the island equivalent of a sizzling hot prawn cocktail made with Spanish olive oil, fiery chilly and a large dose of garlic.
Served at almost every restaurant on the island, it makes for excellent tapas served with a side of dipping bread.
Much like the close neighbours of mainland Spain, Lanzarote locals pride themselves on an abundant variety of tasty meat dishes. Goat, lamb, beef and pork are available in most restaurants, and more speciality local delicacies such as rabbit and baby kid can be found in others. Many of the mouth watering meat dishes stem from Latin American influences, so be on the look out for Latin specialities such as Argentinian beef.
The abundance of fresh sea-to-table fish and seafood is all thanks to the island’s prime position, surrounded by oceans. ‘A la plancha’, or grilled, is the typical way to eat fish around here and some of the more common white fish varieties are vieja, cherne, dorada and sama.
Whatever seafood you fancy can be found freshly caught in many of the local restaurants, or in the Lanzarote food markets.
Much like the other Canary islands, the Lanzarote food and drink selection wouldn’t be complete without some traditional goats cheese products. Lanzarote cuisine offers a variety of delicacies made from local goats milk, including soft cottage cheeses, matured cheeses aged under clay and cheeses with peppers and other local ingredients inside, all of which you can pick up at the local Lanzarote food markets.
Local wines are delicious and abundant, so much so that finding international wines from outside of the Canary Islands and mainland Spain can be a challenge. The Canary islands are well known for their Malvaisa, a sweet wine which features heavily alongside the dessert and coffee menus. Many excellent white, red and rosé wines are produced on the island, thanks to the volcanic soil and unique micro climates.
Whether you’re a carnivore or vegetarian, a seafood connoisseur or a lover of good wines and cheese, Lanzarote food and drink will spoil you for choice. Enjoy the blend of traditional Spanish, Mediterranean and Latin American flavours, given their own Lanzarote twist on this food lovers paradise.