50+ Traditional Croatian Food Ideas To Try On Your Next Vacay

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50+ Traditional Croatian Food Ideas To Try On Your Next Vacay (Or Make At Home)

People planning a trip to Croatia often ask us: what is traditional Croatian food? It’s a great question to ask when traveling to a new country and wanting to try the best of the local cuisine. And who doesn’t?

Many of our blog readers ask us about learning Croatian recipes, so we have those here if you’re keen to start cooking authentic Croatian food.

Food from Croatia has many influences. Mainly from the Italians, Turkish, Hungarians, plus a few others, this influence on food over the generations has shaped the types of Croatian food you’ll see and taste today.

Well-known local Croatian traditional foods you should try on your adventures include Mljet lobster, Ston oysters, Kvarner scampi, Istrian truffles, veal and pork from Slavonia, turkey from Zagorje and Istria, Pag cheese and the Lika cheese škripavac, delicious Palacinke pancakes, extra virgin olive oil, and pumpkin seed oil, and of course the wines.

We’re going to divide traditional Croatian food into a few categories below. There are sub-categories within these, but this makes it easy for you to know what Croatian dish to try on your travels and where to find them.

Will you be sunning yourself on the coast? Then you’ll be eating coastal Croatia food.

But if you’ll be heading inland, you’ll be served continental Croatian cuisine. That’s not to say you won’t get the other in each area, though. It just won’t be as easy to find. The cuisine between these two regions is distinctly different.

Here is a snapshot of traditional Croatian food from both coastal Croatia and continental Croatia.

Croatian Food: Coastal Croatia

The coast of Croatia consists of three regions: Istria, Kvarner, and Dalmatia. They all have their versions of these traditional Croatian dishes, so do try them all as you explore Croatia.


Croatian Food Guide: Octopus Peka Credit: Backpacking Diva

If there were a list of the most famous Croatian food, peka (also called Cripnja, depending on where you live) would unquestionably be on that list.

Peka is, however, not really a food but a method of cooking food.

The peka is a dome or bell-shaped terracotta or steel lid that you heat by burning wood below it. Once heated, you place the food you wish to cook in a round-shaped tray underneath the peka and put embers on top of the peka itself, which then cooks your food.

What do you put inside?

Well, you can cook any type of meat or fish using the peka. Recently, we prepared an octopus, which was terrific. Just remember that you always need to have potatoes, and I’d go so far as to say that the potatoes are the star of the dish. The potatoes suck up all the juices from the meat or fish and are so delicious you can’t stop eating them.

This is Croatian cooking at its best. So simple, yet so delicious. Don’t forget to wash it down with a glass of Croatian wine!

Try peka for yourself at home with this how-to guide + recipe.

There is even one for the vegetarians here.

Skradinski Rizot – Skradin Risotto

Anthony Bourdain showed the world this epic risotto when he filmed “No Reservations” in coastal Croatia a few years back, making the Skradinski Rizot a famous Croatian food!

This risotto is something special. Far from your regular risotto, it takes anywhere from 7 to 12 hours to cook. Yes, that’s right; it takes half a day and requires a team of men to share the cooking duties.

There is no strict recipe, but it’s essentially a veal-based risotto, with the addition of other meats and ham and either a beef or rooster stock.

Once the Skradinski Rizot is done, the meal is finished with lots of Paski sir – cheese from Pag Island, which gives it that extra flavor.

Given the enormous effort that goes into cooking Skradin Risotto, you can appreciate that if you are going to make it, you should make tonnes of the stuff!


I absolutely love this classic Dalmatian food, and you will, too! Brodet or brudet, depending on where you’re from, is a Croatian seafood stew typically served with creamy polenta. It’s rich and has a great depth of flavor due to the mixture of seafood used in the dish.

Ideally, you should use a minimum of three types of fish, any shellfish you like, and I also like to throw in a few crustaceans. This Croatian dish is served in homes up and down the coast and restaurants, proving that it’s one of the best Croatian foods.

Learn how we make brodet just like we do here.


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Pašticada is the holy grail of Dalmatian Croatian cooking.

Here in Dalmatia, this stewed beef dish is prepared with an awesome sauce. You may know it as Dalmatinska pašticada, Dalmatian pot roast, or even just as a beef stew. Whatever you know, it as it requires long and meticulous preparation. An excellent Croatian wine to go with this is plavac mali.

We scored you a Pašticada recipe from a Croatian chef.


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A flat vegetarian pie from Poljica in Dalmatia.

Soparnik is filled with swiss chard, garlic, and parsley and baked in a komin (a type of fireplace). Fire is created in the komin, and when ready, the fire and embers are pushed aside, allowing the soparnik to be cooked on the hot stone where the fire once was. Also, some hot ash and embers are placed on top of the Soparnik. This is a unique food from Croatia, which is well worth trying. Kids will especially love it.

Here is an easy-to-make version of soparnik you can do at home in your oven.


A typical coastal Croatian food, rafioli, is found all along the coast, from Istria to Dalmatia. There are numerous varieties, all known by their local name, including dalmatinski, trogirski, makarski, and sinjski rafioli. In fact, the fun thing about rafioli is that you can experiment and try out new ingredients—basically, every Croatian family has its very own rafioli recipe. They are a staple at events like baptisms, birthday parties, and weddings.

The basics, however, are always the same. Rafioli is a simple Croatian shortbread cookie traditionally filled with an almond filling. Modern versions can have different fillings, though, ranging from chocolate and cream to citrus and vanilla.

Crni Rizot – Black Risotto

How To Make Croatian Crni Rizot - Black Risotto

This dish has an intense seafood flavor. Croatian seafood is abundant, so one can always find fresh squid or cuttlefish for this traditional dish. Fresh seafood is integral to coastal Croatian cuisine, and you’ll find that it dominates many restaurant menus.

This black, slightly intimidating-looking dish can be found all over Croatia, but it traditionally comes from Croatia’s coastal areas.

In my opinion, nobody prepares crni rižot better than your typical Dalmatian Konoba (small family-run restaurant). They always taste so damn good. Second on the list is my mother. Although hers isn’t so black, it’s still absolutely delicious.

This black risotto recipe is fantastic.


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Croatian Food Guide: Cod. Photo Credit Gonzalo Mansilla

As it’s known in Croatian, a salted cod delicacy, bakalar, is the must-eat traditional dish in our family for Christmas Eve.

Eaten across Croatia and in many parts of South America and Europe, the standard cod recipe can be adapted according to your taste. Add more garlic if you like, or change the ratio of bakalar to potatoes to suit your family.

Try our bakalar – cod recipe this Christmas with your family.

Sinjski Arambaši

The cultural significance of this beautiful Croatian dish is undeniable. This famous dish from Sinj is on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list, making this a must-try food when visiting the Dalmatian hinterland.

Sinjski arambaši originated in Turkey, but like so many other Croatian dishes, it has evolved into its own variety over time. Basically a Croatian version of sarma, it resembles its culinary ancestor only slightly. These mouthwatering cabbage rolls are filled with chopped beef and pork, smoked bacon, parsley, red onions, garlic, cloves, cinnamon, and a touch of nutmeg and boiled in water for a couple of hours.

Viška Pogača

A culinary classic on the island of  Vis, viška pogača is a traditional stuffed bread pie that dates back at least 2,000 years. Quite similar to focaccia, pogača from Vis is baked bread filled with anchovies or other salty fish and onions and, sometimes, tomatoes.

It almost looks like a regular round pie, eaten as slices, but it is definitely bread and has a layer of hearty filling. This is arguably one of the oldest surviving dishes in Croatia.

Grilled Fish

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Traditional Croatian Cusine: Grilled Fish

Seafood is a popular traditional Croatian food, which gets its excellence thanks to the Adriatic Sea being so clean, which means the fish are healthy and delicious. You would be hard-pressed to find a Croatian from Dalmatia, Istria, or Kvarner that does not like grilled fish. This is typical Croatian cuisine, whether it be sardines, sea bream, sea bass, or scorpionfish. Cooked only on a grill, with salt, pepper, and of course, olive oil.

Grilled Sardines

We live in Dalmatia, and to me, Sardines is typical Croatian food. We eat them at least weekly in summer! These delightful little fish need nothing more than a little olive oil and salt a few minutes on the grill, and the fillets peel straight off the bone.

All you need to grill Sardines is to make a fire, wait till it dies down till you are left with embers, throw the grill on, and then the Sardines. It’s that simple. They are one of the best finger foods as you just pinch the fillet, and it peels right off the bone. Don’t forget to wash these down with a glass of wine from Croatia.


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Istrian Fuži – Traditional Croatian Pasta. Photo Credit Pierovisciada

In Istria, you will find fuži {fooh-shee}, a type of pasta that, at a cursory glance, appears to be penne pasta. It’s not, though. Look closer, and you’ll see the difference.

When these hand-rolled pieces of pasta are served with the local specialty of white truffles, you think you’ve died and gone to foodie heaven. Matched with an Istrian wine, fuži is the must-try dish in Istria, especially with some white truffle shaved over your Fuzi.

Octopus Salad

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Yummy Croatian Octopus Salad

As the name would suggest, octopus salad is basically a salad served most often with potatoes, tomatoes, onions, and a little parsley, all chopped up super-small.

The freshest octopus makes the best salad, and the Adriatic waters are rich with this tentacled creature! The octopus is chopped up small, tossed in olive oil, garlic, salt, lemon, pepper, vinegar, and salad.

Light, delicious, and fresh, this dish is perfect for the summer months when the sun beats down.

Edible Dormouse

Yes, it is what the name would suggest; it’s a type of mouse. And, it is considered a delicacy on the islands of Hvar and Brač. If you spend some time on these islands, it’s worth trying!

The dormouse is cooked on the grill, seasoned with salt, and cooked in olive oil before being served between two slices of bread.

Pašta Fažol

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You will find this hearty and delicious pasta and bean soup everywhere (including in my kitchen).

A real mixture of ingredients, the soup/stew, usually contains pancetta, sausage, potato, garlic, carrots, onion, and pasta shells. There may also be a few other regional tweaks and differences from household to household.

You will find this on the menu in most traditional households during winter and at many authentic restaurants, too.


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The yummy Rozata. Photo Credit Englishman in Dubrovnik

If you have a sweet tooth, Rozata is the dish for you.

Hailing from Dubrovnik, this is one of my favorite desserts. Rozata is basically a pudding made of custard, but it’s super-creamy and usually surrounded by syrup.

Made in a small bowl, the pudding is tipped upside down to serve and surrounded by the syrupy goodness we just mentioned.


Istria was once a part of Italy—you can still see street signs in Italian and Croatian—and this heritage continues to shine through in the regional cuisine. Take pjukanci, for example, a traditional Istrian pasta that clearly shares a common history with Italian kinds of pasta.

Also known as makaruni, you make this pasta by rolling the dough between the palms of your hands until you get a string of pasta. Ideally, for real pjukanci, the strings should be thicker in the middle and thin at both ends. The dough itself is nothing more than flour, salt, hot water, and a sprinkle of oil. Istrian pjukanci is phenomenal with meat sauces or fresh seafood.

Neretvanska Mandarina

Although this is not an actual Croatian dish or recipe, it is a classic, traditional Croatian food or ingredient from the southern Croatian coast. Neretvanska Mandarina—mandarins from Neretva—are an aromatic and sweet citrus fruit that’s grown and produced only the Croatia’s Neretva River Valley in southern Dalmatia.

Easily peeled and segmented, these sweet fruits are hugely popular all over Croatia. Nowadays, the Neretva mandarin farms are a tourist destination, too. The mandarin harvest takes place from September through November and allows visitors to participate.


An incredibly popular dessert or sweet treat in coastal Croatia, kroštule are a type of sweet pastry knots. They are especially popular in the time between Christmas and Easter, particularly around Carnival.

Originating from the coastal regions of Dalmatia and Istria, this crunchy deep-fried dessert is super-easy to make. The dough consists of little more than flour, sugar, egg yolks, milk, and oil. Additionally, flavorings can include lemon zest, orange liqueur, or limoncello. Powdered sugar is sprinkled on top to give them an even more festive look. Check out our kroštule recipe here!

More Traditional Coastal Food Options

  • Sardines
  • Pag Island cheese (Paški Sir)
  • Maraschino liqueur
  • Mišni sir
  • Žižula
  • Skradin cake
  • Luganige (sausages)
  • Arancini (sugar-coated orange, grapefruit, and lemon peel)
  • Rab cake
  • Chesnuts
  • Šurlice
  • Lika potatoes
  • Basa
  • Škripavac cheese

Croatian Food: Continental Croatia

Venturing away from the Adriatic, what traditional Croatian cuisine will you be served over the Velebit, in Zagreb, and in a Slavonian town like Osijek? Let’s see below.

Punjene Paprike – Stuffed Peppers

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Stuffed peppers are a hearty dish of mincemeat and rice. Typically served with mashed potato.

You’ll find most countries have their version of stuffed peppers. However, I think the Croatian stuffed peppers are the best (of course!). You’ll find stuffed peppers on offer in Croatia as soon as the peppers are in season.

Every Croatian I know has their variation on this recipe, and they, of course, all claim that their way is the best way to make them.

Take this stuffed peppers recipe and serve your whole family for days.


How To Make Zagorski Štrukli Recipe 12

Zagorski štrukli is a popular traditional Croatian dish served in households across Hrvatsko Zagorje and Zagreb regions. It consists of dough and various types of filling, which can be either cooked or baked. Our favorite is cheese štrukli!

Here are two kinds you can make at home


This hearty meat stew is traditionally cooked in a cauldron hung over an open fire.

Cobanac will keep you going all day long, as it did Slavonian shepherds for many generations. Not only will it sustain you all day, but the best part is that it’s super delicious.

This traditional dish is typically prepared with three types of meat, including beef, pork, and anything you like (I like to throw a little game in). And, of course, the essential ingredient of Slavonian cuisine is PAPRIKA! After that, people tend to put whatever they like in their stew, from potatoes and onions to pancetta, carrots, and various herbs.

You can find this everywhere in Slavonia, and you just must try it.

Here is how to make it at home

Šaran U Rašljama

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Carp cooked on a wooden fork/stick on an open fire. Simple and tasty is šaran u rašljama! Each carp weighs about 1.5 kg to 2 kg. Salt, red ground sweet paprika, and hot paprika are added, and then it’s cooked for about 2 hours.

I tried my very best to speak with the chef (who spoke no English), and as I understood, you turn them just once, about halfway. They take two hours to cook thoroughly, no more, or they become dry.

The fire must be made using wood to achieve the desirable smokey flavor.

He also told me that there is no garlic or oil added. This seemed weird to me, as they are the main two ingredients for fish in Dalmatia, where I live.

Turkey With Mlinci

Traditional Mlinci. Photo credit: Vbranko

Well, I am sure you know what roast turkey is. But I guess that those of you who are not Croatian would not have heard of mlinci, am I right?

Mlinci is thin, dry flatbread broken up into pieces and mixed with the roasting juices from a roast turkey. The juices make the mlinci soft and somewhat like noodles. They suck up all those delicious juices and carry a turkey flavor.

Sadly, they do not look very appetizing but don’t let that stop you from eating them. Just don’t be like Mrs. Chasing the Donkey, who always eats too many and forgets how quickly they fill her up, and she can’t finish the turkey.

Fish Paprikaš

Slavonian Food From Slavonia Fis Paprikas

A spicy fish stew, fish paprikaš, is made with freshwater fish, which like cobanac, is cooked in a cauldron of fire.

Typically, a mix of freshwater fish is used, including carp, catfish, and pike, and the staple of Slavonia, paprika. I love the look of the cauldron because it reminds me of how one may have cooked hundreds of years ago before kitchens.


A typical dish from continental Croatia, particularly Baranja and Slavonia, perkelt od soma is a delicious stew that’s originally from Hungaria. This is essentially Croatia’s version of Hungarian pörkölt. When visiting inland Croatia, you’ll often see perkelt-od-soma on local restaurants’ menus, besides other staples like fish paprikas and čobanac.

This hearty and spicy stew is a combination of catfish, bacon, garlic, onions, and paprika. After sitting on the stovetop for a while, allowing the flavors to mix, it is usually served with cheese-and-bacon noodles.


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Mrs. Chasing the Donkey’s sarma ready to devour

These little cabbage rolls are something you can find in many continental European countries, including Poland. All Croatians, however, will tell you that their sarma recipe is the best! That being said, don’t be afraid to try these wonderful rolls throughout the Balkans.

Over the years, Mrs. Chasing the Donkey has honed her sarma-making skills and is good at preparing the smelly little rolls – for an Aussie, that is. Why are they smelly? I hear you ask? It’s because the cabbage leaves, in which you roll the meat, are pickled. If you have never tried these, give them a whirl. Don’t let the smell put you off.

Make a big batch of sarma like this and eat it for two days.

Salami – Kulen

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There is a long Croatian tradition of making salami and all types of charcuterie. Slavonia’s finest salami is Kulen, which consists of various pork cuts, including the thigh, back, shoulder, and neck and, of course, the most important part, belly fat.

It’s then seasoned with spices, paprika, and garlic and packed into the pig’s caecum (a pouch that connects the small and large intestines). Once packed, the salami is cold-smoked and air-dried for five to nine months, depending on its size.

Other noteworthy Croatian salami is a spicy pork salami from Turoplje, Svargl from Slavonia, and Samobor salami, which even hold an annual Salami Festival.

Both Kulen and kulenova Seka from Slavonia are sausage-type products and are only a few indigenous Croatian products that enjoy EU protection. Only the best pork meat—there are age and weight guidelines for the pig—is used to make Kulen. All fat and connective tissues are removed, after which paprika, salt, and garlic are added. The Kulen-maker, a respected profession that even has grandmasters, then stuffs the mixture into a cleaned blind gut of a pig.

Kulenova Seka is a paprika-flavored and dried sausage very similar to Kulen. The only difference is that the Kulen mixture is stuffed into a smaller intestine, thereby creating a slightly smaller sausage. If you’re not a vegan or vegetarian, you simply must try this most authentic of Slavonia foods. I swear I ate like 2 kg of it that week.

The best Kulen products are made using the black Slavonian pig. These pigs were raised by crossbreeding several pig breeds starting in the 1860s in the area around Osijek.

In the first decades of the 20th century, this breed rapidly expanded throughout eastern Slavonia until World War II. The breed is a meaty, high-fat pig with a solid structure, black in color, and very resilient. Now, these pigs are getting rarer, though. It is said that only a few hundred pigs remain due to introducing new, more productive crossbreed pigs that are better adapted to industrial-style farming.

Deer Stew

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In Slavonia, you can enjoy deer stew. I first tried it in the Virovitca area, and I knew that it had that ‘game’ flavor as soon as I tasted it. People at my table said it was a pig, but there was no way, not with such an intense flavor.

Of course, if you do not like that ‘gamy’ flavor, you should avoid it, but it is often served with gnocchi, which is just perfect for soaking up that brown sauce.


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Čvarci (pork rinds) are served along with Kulen and various cheeses on a platter. Yummy! It’s actually fried skin from a pig. It may not sound appealing, but these fried or roasted snacks are like crisps. And, just like crisps, I found them highly addictive!

Zagorska Juha – Zagorje Soup

Zagorje soup is a hearty soup with porcini mushrooms, carrots, potatoes, bacon, onions with spices and cream. It is a specialty of the Zagorje region and claimed to be an excellent hangover cure.


croatian cooking klipići rolls

Klipići is a savory roll made in the continental part of Croatia, mostly in Zagorje, Podravina, Međimurje, and Slavonia.

They are little crescent-shaped pastries, and as with almost every food in Croatia, there are many different regional versions of this dish. As such, it is known by several different names. These rolls can also be filled with a variety of fillings and seed toppings.

Try this recipe from a Croatian blogger who stole the recipe from her Grandma.

Krvavice Aka Čurke

If you’re not a fan of food made with offal products, look away now!

Krvavice is basically a blood sausage. This means pork blood and a filler, usually barley, cornflour, or buckwheat, containing various parts of a pig. That’s not giving it the most positive write-up, but it is very popular and surprisingly delicious. I promise!

This is sausage is usually eaten during the winter months because it is very hearty and warming and is often served with sauerkraut, potatoes, and onions.


Also known as “Croatian croissants with character,” salenjaci are a sweet dessert from Slavonia. What distinguishes this one from other continental Croatian desserts is the use of pork leaf lard. The highest grade of lard, leaf lard, has a minimum pork flavor, making it perfect for use in baked goods. It produces amazing flaky, moist pie crusts.

Traditionally, salenjaci were made in wintertime in Slavonia, during the slaughter season when an abundance of pork lard was available. Basically, salenjaci are layered pastry wraps with a hearty filling of homemade jams and/or ground walnuts. They may also have a dusting of icing sugar on top. We tell you exactly how to make salenjaci at home here.


Orahnjača Recept - Walnut Roll Recipe - Traditional Croatian Food

This is a yeast bread filled with walnuts. It is neatly rolled to form a delicate swirl inside the cake. It was often served at Christmas time and just great on a Sunday afternoon with a cup of tea. Definitely a delicious traditional Croatian food for any time of the day!

This is an easy walnut roll Orahnjača recipe version.

More Continental Croatian Food Options


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Zagrebački Odrezak


This is a tasty dish you’ll find everywhere in Croatia, but mostly in the Zagreb region, hence the name!

A meaty dish that is certainly very filling and great for the winter months is a veal schnitzel, rolled and filled up with melted cheese and ham.

The outside is crunchy, and it is most commonly served with potatoes in some guise, and a little salad, of course.

You can make this for tea tonight with this recipe.

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Roasted Whole Pig Or Lamb

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This was our Christmas in Croatia 2013 – roasted piggy!

You might think this looks like something from medieval times. And, well, maybe it once was, but you will see a whole pig or lamb roasted on an open fire (known as a spit roast) quite a bit as you road trip across Croatia.

What makes this traditional Croatian food so special is how tender the meat is once it lands on your plate. If you are on Pag Island, be sure to try the lamb. The island is famous for its lamb dishes.


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Cevapi. Photo Credit: Kaleb Fulgham

It doesn’t matter where you go in the Balkans; you will find cevapcici anywhere.

These are tasty sausages, minus skins, and are usually made of both beef and pork combination, along with seasoning to make them super-delicious.

You’ll find them served on a flatbread as a sandwich, usually with chopped onions and a pepper-containing relish with a little spicy kick known as ajvar.


Burek - Traditional Croatian Food Ideas

You’ll find this pastry dish in various countries around the region, with similar-sounding names, but it is called burek in Croatia.

This is a flaky pastry layered and filled with various fillings, such as meat (usually beef mince), cheese, cheese with spinach, and sometimes potato or apple.

This is a very popular on-the-go snack, so you’ll find it in bakeries literally everywhere across the country. For those with a sweet tooth, try the apple-filled version with a cup of coffee for breakfast.

Are you hungry now? I hope this list was enough to pique your interest in traditional Croatian food. If you are planning on heading to Croatia, try them all. Okay, try as many as you can. These are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Croatian food.

Depending on where you travel to, there will be dozens more traditional Croatian foods for you to sink your teeth into.

Got a suggestion for another traditional Croatian food we should add to the list? Great, let us know below.

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Comments (40)

  1. I play internet games with a friend who is Croatian (I am USA) and he tells me to try some recipes (I am also cook). This website is most legit one he says, all recipes on point, and tasty! Thanks!

    1. As a Croatian who lived for 20 years in continental and another 20 years in coastal Croatia, I confirm this is the best comprehensive guide on Croatian cuisine. This is what we eat at home, and this is what we crave to get in restaurant. I can’t think of anything omitted here and there is nothing to remove. Great work.

  2. F*ckin?amazing things here. I am very glad to look your article. Thank you a lot and i’m taking a look forward to contact you. Will you kindly drop me a mail?

  3. A lot of those are not Croatian at all. Some are genuine Croatian dishes a lot are actually regional in particular the Bosnian dishes burek, cevapi….

    1. *Rolls eyes*, when it has been in Croatia for hundreds of years, it’s safe to say it can be on the list. Bosnians don’t own them either – the Ottomans do.

      1. Croatian cuisine is a unique combination of many dishes found also, and maybe originating from, other national cuisines. However, those have been present in Croatia for centuries and by all means are part of Croatian culture. So, if someone wants to argue if some dish is originally from Croatia, Italy, Bosnia or Hungary, as a Croatian I would not participate in such discussion, but if someone claims dishes listed in this article are not part of Croatian shared taste in food, well, he is just ignorant.

        And for the part if something is originally Bosnian or Ottoman… story is even more complicated. Many times Bosnian identity is suppressed and there are claims that whatever is Bosnian must be of Ottoman origin.. well.. if you travel to Anatolia you would be surprised how much Ottomans actually adopted from Bosnia, so what you think is Ottoman in origin, is just a wrapper around Bosnian tradition. Pick your fight wisely, otherwise you might turn out ignorant yourself.

  4. So great to discover a post on our food that has more than burek and black rice – someone with some originality!

  5. my great parents were from crotia3 and my grandmother use to fix us podarane (poohens is what we call them). Please me find the recipes. I want to be able to pass this recipes to my daughters and family. I have found the pictures of it but there is no recipe. My grandmother didnt write down the recipes. I would be so grateful. My dream is to come to Croatia and find my relatives. My relatives were Poja, Troha and Policks

    1. Hey Mary Ann, what you mean is most likely “poderane gaće” – translated it means “torn undies” 😉 ….due to the cut in the middle. Just type that into your search engine of choice and you’ll find the recipe. It basically contains of flour, yeast, a little sugar, salt, an egg and water. This is kneaded by hand into a firm dough- it shouldn’t stick to your hand any more…leave to rise….and after the dough has risen nicely it is rolled out and cut into rectangular/ diamond shaped pieces with a cut in the middle. The shapes are fried out in oil (sunflower or similar oil without a strog taste and suitable for hot frying). First, fry one side until light brown, then turned on the other side until finished. Then take them out onto kitchen paper to soak up some grease. You can eat it salty or sweet. I hope this is what you meant. If not, it’s still an excellent recipe to try. Enjoy 🙂

  6. i was hoping to find a croatian rotisserie chicken recipe.
    if you could help out it would be
    greatly appreciated

  7. So very glad I’ve learned to prepare different dishes from various countries with excellent Croatian ingredients. (Italian, French, Indonesian, yes, sometimes even Dutch).

  8. Will be returning to Croatia for our 4th visit next month. Thanks for sharing the ‘food to eat’ I’m more adventurous than my husband at trying new dishes but now I know what’s in some of the dishes I will be trying some more.

  9. YUM! We ate like total kings during our 2014 honeymoon in Croatia. They’re cuisine is wonderful!

  10. Amazing!!!
    My mother in law is Croatian and yes her “cabbage rolls are the best” according to her haha
    We are visiting Croatia in September, can’t wait to try them all 🙂
    Thank you x

  11. I have celiac disease which means that gluten (found in wheat, rye, barley, malt, most soy sauce, most oats) will make me very sick.
    Will I have a hard time finding food that is safe for me or helping wait staff understand my restrictions?
    So many of these foods look delicious, but even a small amount of flour to thicken a sauce will make me ill.

    1. Ohhh it’s going to be tough, I won’t lie. Stick to fish, salads, fries and risotto (you can eat rice huh). All goulash and things are very likely to have flour to thicken sauce. Good luck and enjoy.

    2. I feel for you Kristen, I’m gluten intolerant so can tolerate small amounts if I have too, I am told European wheat is different and easier to digest unlike Australia’s heavily processed wheat but unhelpful to you being Celiac. Although it doesn’t usually bother me, my mother in law being Croatian almost thought I was an alien! Good Luck!

    3. You can try Krvavice aka Čurke…it contain buckwheat and some pigs blood..I know it sounds strange..but it’s realy tasty. We make them ourself on northern part of Croatia every winter and prepare with sour cabage aka sauerkraut and mashed potato.

  12. Food looks so delicious and tempting too 🙂 I think Croatia have many pages to revealed about the food and I wish if the list carries some vegetarian food also.

  13. Nice to see the fresh version of the article 🙂 Thanx for accepting sime of my advices 🙂 Hope to be able to comment on fb again. Best regards

    1. We’re always glad to learn new things, so thanks for sharing your advice Manuela. We welcome you to the FB page – just remember we are real people, with real feelings.

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