Local dishes, produce and recipes

The gastronomy of Fuerteventura is known for its authenticity. Many of the ingredients are native to the island such as the Queso Majorero. This is Fuerteventura’s famous award winning goats’ cheese, it is important to the economy, and has won a number of prizes in a variety of competitions. Since 1996 it has had denominación de origen (designation of origin – DO.) It is smooth, rich, and creamy; a favourite of both natives and visitors. Incidentally, the term Majorero refers to that which is native to Fuerteventura, this includes the people, natives are commonly referred to as Majoreros, and you will frequently come across this word during your stay on the island. Please add some comments and photographs or videos to help other travellers, you don't need to register on the site to do this, but by doing so for free you get additional functionality such as your own favorites page with your own personal map which is very useful when planning your visit to Fuerteventura, or a day out.

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The local goat meat on Fuerteventura is amazing and can be found in many restaurants. Order cabrito al horno, roasted goat, it's packed with flavour and for those not familiar with eating goat it has a similar flavour to lamb. It's often served with a sauce with rosemary and a version of boulangeres potatoes. It's said that there are more goats than people on Fuerteventura where their numbers exceed 100,000 so...
Carajacas or Liver
Carajacas is a dish for the liver lovers, even non liver lovers could be converted. The beef, or veal liver fillets are marinaded in garlic, olive oil, peppers, oregano, parsley and cumin they are then roasted or fried, for a few minutes, and are usually accompanied by mojo or sauce. Popular in Fuerteventura with locals and tourists alike Carajacas is one of the most traditional dishes of Canarian gastronomic culture, well worth have...
Carne Fiesta
Carne Fiesta, a pork dish is well loved in Fuerteventura especially at fiesta times. Chunks of pork are marinaded in a variety of herbs and spices such as garlic, oregano, thyme and chillies. Once fried the aroma is tantalizing and the flavours equally so.
Chopitos, not to be confused with shots of alcohol Chopitos are also known as Puntillas. These are small squid and as such are not rubbery which bigger squid sometimes can be. Coated and and fried these squid are a popular dish around Fuerteventura.
Churros de pescado
This dish is basically locally caught fish from Fuerteventura waters fried in a batter traditionally served with alioli (garlic mayonaise). This is a very light dish and some places may add herbs or spices to add a little oomph!
Croquetas Caseras
Croquetas Caseras are fried croquettes which are often served in Fuerteventura. They come with a variety of fillings including fish, chicken. spinach, and ham, which are mixed with potatoes rolled in bread crumbs and then fried. Sometimes the ingredients are not balanced as too much potato can be used and you lose the flavours of the other ingredients. Order Croquetas Caseras and not just Croquetas then you are more lightly to experience them home made.
Ensaladilla rusa also known as a russian salad. This recipe is a potatoe based dish originally mixed with tuna, carrots, peas and mayonaise. In Fuerteventura you can experience varied varieties of this recipe with people adding things like boiled eggs, olives, peppers and onions. A tasty tapas.
Escaldon de gofio is a very traditional food.It is a mixed roasted grain traditionally mixed with fish stock. Depending on your palette this is a like or not like dish. In Fuerteventura it is served with onion wedges or bread to mop it up.
Salmonete (Red Mullet)
In Spanish fish have two different names, when alive they are called peces and when they're being served on a plate they're referred to as pescado. It's not uncommon to see at least half a dozen different fish on the menu. Cooking methods A la plancha (Grilled) A La Romana (Fried In Batter) Asado (Roasted) Caldo (Broth) ...
Fuerteventura Olive Oil
Olive trees can grow quite easily on poor soil, of which there is plenty on Fuerteventura so Olive trees were planted around ten years ago.Olive trees can grow quite easily on poor soil, of which there is plenty on Fuerteventura so Olive trees were planted around ten years ago. Local farmers began to grow olives with the intention to convert them into first grade very high quality olive oil with exceptional characteristics, and had great success....
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