Gastronomy in Dalmatia

Traditional Dalmatian cuisine has to tried as it is one of the healthiest in the world.

The dalmatian gastronomy, along the coast and on the islands, is based on the tradition of natural and healthy Mediterranean food that is rich with vegetables, olive oil, fish, shells, wine, goat and sheep cheese, citrus fruit, marasca cherries, grapes, figs and almonds.

Richness of the sea and sea life, combined with herbs, like rosemary, bay leaf, basil, olives gives extraordinary smell and taste. Favorable geographical position allows good conditions for growing olive trees from which well known Dalmatian olive oil is made.

Grilled fish

One of the most traditional ways of preparing fish, and certainly the most delicious, is the grilled fish. Most often you will find sardines, but definitely the most delicious are Orada and Dentex. However, all fresh grilled fish is delicious and definitely one of the best seafood specialities from Dalmatia.


Brudetto is seafood specialty that is prepared with several different species of fish. Most delicious is with Conger eel (Ugor). With fish, olive oil, red or white wine, fresh tomatoes, garlic, onion and parsley are added to the Brudetto. Traditionaly brudetto is served with polenta, potatoes or rice.

Octopus under the baking lid

Baking lid is specific way of preparing food, and is similar to grill. In a large bowl put the octopus, potatoes, olive oil, wine, garlic, onions and spices. Bowl is covered with the baking lid which is covered with ember. It takes up to three hours in order to prepare a octopus under the baking lid.

Shrimp stew

Shrimp stew are truly Dalmatian seafood speciality. Shrimp stew is prepared with shrimps, tomatoes, white wine, olive oils, garlic and different spices. Usually is served with polenta.

Black risotto

Black risotto is usually made of cuttlefish. Other ingredients are olive oil (irreplaceable in all Dalmatian recipe), onion, garlic, parsley and white wine. As the name suggests it's of black color.

Seafood risotto

Seafood risotto is made up of different seafood. Usually is composed of squids and different types of clams. Methods of preparation can vary from place to place.

Various meat under the baking lid

Baking lid, or "peka" on Croatian can be used to prepare different kind of meat meals. The receipt is quite simple, put meat with vegetables, olive oil and domestic spices in a large dish and cover it with a baking lid (peka). After that cover the baking lid with embers. It takes up to two to three hour in order to prepare a meal. The meal is realy delicious and full of flavors.

Prosciutto is the one of the traditional ways of preparing a meat in Dalmatia. It is very a popular meal in Dalmatia, and a bast prosciutto comes from Drnis. Prosciutto is best served with a Dalmatian cheese, olives and with a quality, homemade Dalmatian wine.

Dalmatian Pasticada is traditional Dalmatian meal. It is a beef stew in sauce with gnocchi. By tradition pasticada is usually served on important occasions (like weddings), probably because fish was pretty common for such important events. Dalmatian pasticada takes one of the most important place in rich Dalmatian cousine because of its rich and thick sauce, which has all the ingredients of Dalmatian cuisine.

Dalmatian wine

The tradition of wine growing in Dalmatia, dating back to the time of the Greeks and Romans who were in Dalmatia and planted the first vineyards. The whole history of Dalmatia is closely related to the cultivation of grapes and producing wine. The quality of wine is supported by favorable climatic conditions in Dalmatia. Some of the most popular varieties of red wines Plavac mali, Dingač,  Postup and Babic , while the white wines Posip, Vugava, Bogdanuša and Kujundzusa. Among other alcoholic beverages in Dalmatia you have to try walnut liqueur, figs and Dalmatian grappa.

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