LANZAROTE FOOD & DRINKS

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Discover the tasty pleasures Lanzarote has to offer

Lanzarote food is like its landscapes, spectacular!

The local cuisine consists of a multitude of dishes, simple but very tasty. From fresh fish of the day, to local goat cheese, the gourméts will find what they are looking for! Some of you will simply succumb to different tapas to share, and this is probably the best idea if you don’t want to miss a local speciality!

You’re finally on vacation, you don’t want to buy food or cook for yourself, no problem! In walking distance from our surf camp and apartments, you will find a lot of restaurants and tapas bars. They are offering tasty local specialities and international cuisine! Not to mention all the restaurants scattered all along our beautiful island!

You can find some traditional Canarian tapas, however, the majority are unique to Lanzarote with their inimitable taste! We at REDSTARSURF have selected some typical dishes, tapas and wines that you absolutely must taste during your stay in Lanzarote!

Fish and Seafood

For fish and seafood lovers of all kinds, Lanzarote is paradise on earth. Fishing is rooted in the island’s traditions as much as in its economy. So you’re pretty sure to find fresh fish caught that same day on your plate! Octopus, squid, shrimp, tuna, grouper, hake, crab, lobster, sardine, bass, cod! Here are our recommendations.

Grilled octopus or Galician style octopus – Pulpo a la plancha or Pulpo a la Gallega

At first glance, the appearance of this dish may surprise or even repel you. But as they say, “don’t be fooled by appearances,” and try! Indeed, these dishes are very popular in Lanzarote, and most restaurants here have them on their menu.

Preparation types of the octopus

Grilled octopus  – pulpo a la plancha – is usually served with Canarian potatoes (papas arrugadas) and a small salad.

Octopus Galician style (pulpo a la Gallega) –  comes originally from Galicia in the north of Spain. It is usually served in thin slices on top of sliced potatoes with red sweet pepper and some olive oil.

Grilled octupus - Pulpo a la plancha with Canarian popatoes (papas arrugadas) - Source : REDSTARSURF

Grilled octupus – Pulpo a la plancha with Canarian popatoes (papas arrugadas) – (Source : REDSTARSURF)

Gambas al ajillo – Garlic shrimps – (Source : https://www.rachaelraymag.com)

Gambas al ajillo – Prawns with garlic

It is an exquisite dish, which mixes the flavour of shrimp with a touch of garlic and chili. This dish is ideal to enjoy at any time of the day, especially if they are freshly prepared.

Accompany them with a few pieces of bread to dip in. These shrimps are served in small portions, cooked in oil and garlic and flavoured with a few herbs. Heavily seasoned with garlic, don’t plan on eating them for a romantic date unless you’re both crazy about it!

Shrimp are low in calories and contain many important minerals and vitamins. It also contains important omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids for your brain and immune system in general. So eating shrimp helps keep your body healthy for surfing.

Lapas – Limpets

In the Canary Islands, 4 types of lapas can be found. The lapa curvina, the lapa majorera, the white lapa and the black lapa. The black and white are the most popular,l and they are the ones you will find most often in restaurants.  Our friends the guanches already loved to eat them.

Lapas are shells similar to mussels or clams, a bit smaller. Generally, in small local restaurants, lapas are served grilled with mojo verde, as well as with papas. These little shells will delight you, especially the dark ones.

Canarian Limpets - Lapas Canarias. Source : http://www.gastronomia7islas.com

Canarian Limpets – Lapas Canarias – (Source : http://www.gastronomia7islas.com)

Meat

Canarians are meat lovers and prepare it in all its forms! Grilled meat, stews, carpaccios – you will have plenty of choice during your stay in Lanzarote! Here are some recommendations for you.

Cochino Canario – Black Canarian pig – (Source : REDSTARSURF)

Cochino Negro Canario –  Black Canary Pig

This breed of pig has been present in the Canary Islands since the arrival of the Guanches, the first inhabitants of the Canary Islands.

This pre-Hispanic pig breed was probably of North African origin. The Guanches obtained meat, butter for preserves, furs for clothing and bones to make tools and ornaments. Their meat is highly appreciated by Lanzarote’s local population.

It is served, grilled, fried or as a stew with herbs and garlic. Furthermore, it is also used for the preparation of Chicharrones, typical  Canarian fried crusts, dipped in gofio. Also the Chorizo Canario, a kind of a raw cured sausage contains the black Canarian pig.

Conejo – Rabbit

Traditional inhabitants of Lanzarote are called “The rabbit hunters” – or “Conejeros”. Rabbit hunt is an ancient tradition in Lanzarote and these days a real sport. Rabbits are hunted at certain times of the year because they are known to destroy protected flora species on the island. To do this hunters use their hunting dog called podenco. These dogs are of Spanish breed and very known on the island.

Previously, rabbit was also part of the diet of the island’s former inhabitants. Today, local rabbit is served fried or stewed and of course with papas arrugadas and mojo.

Conejo en Salmorejo Canario – (Source : https://www.recetin.com)

Goat stew – Cabrito en Salsa – (Source : REDSTARSURF)

Cabrito – Roast young goat

If you go for a walk in the volcanoes national park, you will see a lot of goats on the slopes. They are highly valued here for their cheese and meat. We recommend that you try the “cabrito”. The taste is astonishing and very tender, but make sure it is cooked well – ask the server for details before ordering!

Fruits and vegetables

Lanzarote enjoys an exceptional climate all year round. Therefore, agriculture is a predominant activity on the island and is truly reflected in the quality of fruit and vegetables. Many markets operate in the small villages of the island, the ideal place for buying local fruit and vegetables.

Local recommendations

Papas arrugadas

Traditional Canarian potatoes, cooked in salted water with their skin on. If you are looking for a real Canarian culinary experience, then you must try them. They are always accompanied by mojo in order to have more flavour. These potatoes can be eaten on their own or served with many dishes! Don’t miss that!

Mojo picon, Mojo verde

Mojo is a typical sauce here, there are two kinds: mojo verde, a milder green sauce made with different herbs (beware of garlic) and mojo picon, a red sauce made with chili. 

Papas arrugadas with mojo – (Source : https://www.viajejet.com)

Grilled green peppers – Pimientos al Padrón – (Source : https://www.seriouseats.com)

Pimientos al padron – Peppers of Padron

These come from the municipality of Padrón in the province of La Coruña in Galicia. They are peculiar in the fact that, while their taste is generally mild, a minority (10-25%) are particularly hot. This will depend on the amount of water and light the plant has received during its cultivation. Often served as a tapas, padron pimiento can be enjoyed with an omelette, fish or meat. It is eaten mainly fried and served with the tail, although it is not eaten.

Gofio

Gofio is basically local grilled corn wheat, very rich in vitamins, proteins and fibre. Gofio is used in deserts, or as a garnish for fish and meat, for soups and stews. It used to be a nutrition base of the Guanches, the original inhabitants of the Canary Islands. The traditional gofio recipe has been handed down from generation to generation for centuries. We highly recommend you to try mousse de gofio (a truly local and mildly sweet Canarian dessert) in one of the local restaurants.

Canarian gofio – (Source : https://www.natursan.net)

Cheese

There are loads of goats in Lanzarote. Goat cheese is categorized in three main types: fresh, semi-cured and cured cheese – fresco, semi-curado and curado. Local goat farms produce delicious cheeses, and restaurants serve them fresh, grilled or deep-fried.

Local recommendation

Grilled Goat Cheese with mojo verde y picon – Queso a la plancha con mojo verde y picon – (Source : http://spanishsabores.com)

Fresh or grilled goat cheese.

You should try local goat cheese served fresh with blueberry or fig jam. Also the grilled goat cheese with the sauces mojo verde or mojo picón. For cheese lovers – a must!

Drinks

Wine lovers will appreciate Lanzarote for its excellent white and rosé wines

Wine

Wine lovers will appreciate Lanzarote for its excellent white and rosé wines. Local wines are winning gold and silver medals at important wine events across all Europe. The secret of their success is the amazing taste of the local grapes. Most important of them are Malvasia, Moscatel, Diego and Listan Blanco or Negro.

The way the grapes in Lanzarote are grown is really unique

The grapes grow through a layer of volcanic ash, which covers big parts of the island. Interestingly, the grapes grow without any additional watering, except after planting. The volcanic ash absorbs the necessary amount of water from the morning condensate and delivers it to the root. This natural watering control makes the taste of the grape extra intense and fruity. You should discover the Wine Path – La Geria, where all the famous wineries (bodegas) are located.

Grapes growing through a layer of volcanic ash. Source: REDSTARSURF

Grapes growing through a layer of volcanic ash – (Source: REDSTARSURF)

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