Many people travel to Croatia for the sun, sea and the sights and there is certainly plenty of this to enjoy. Something that is sometimes overlooked when it comes to Croatia is the food and there are some iconic dishes that will act as the perfect fuel for your explorations. So, what are a few of the best dishes to try to fully immerse yourself in Croatian culture?



Fishing is an important part of Croatia’s history and culture and Brodetto is a fisherman’s stew that is a must-try while in Croatia. Originally made with the unsold daily catch, Brodetto is a stew with a tomato base and would originally use vinegar to preserve the dish. These days, there are all kinds of variations and it will not be too hard to find on a vacation in Croatia.


Black Risotto

A popular dish all along the coastline, black risotto has a strong and intense flavor matched by its striking pitch-black appearance. The dish consists of cuttlefish or squid, olive oil, garlic, red wine and squid ink. Just be warned, it will turn your mouth black!


Viska and Komsika Pogaca

A dish that is over 2,000 years old but still enjoyed today, Viska pogaca is a delicious dish that can be found in restaurants all over Croatia. This is a dough that is drizzled with olive oil and then filled with salted sardines and onions (and perhaps other ingredients) before being baked and cut into squares. Komsika pogaca is similar but also features tomatoes and is cut into triangles (essentially like a Croatian pizza).


Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed peppers are enjoyed all around the world, but you will notice that they are everywhere during the warmer months and much-loved by the locals. It is easy to see why once you have had one and there are all kinds of variations, but essentially they involve peppers being stuffed with minced meat, rice and various spices and then cooked with tomato sauce.


Istrian Soup

Istrian soup is usually a shared experience served in a traditional ceramic jug that is passed around. It is a simple recipe consisting of a local red wine (from Istria), sugar, pepper, olive oil and slices of grilled bread. To experience meals like this and others, you can book an escorted holiday to Croatia and fill your belly with delicious and iconic local dishes.


These are a few of the best local dishes to try on a holiday to Croatia. There is a huge amount to see and do throughout, but you also need to make sure that you seek out these iconic dishes as food plays such an important part of Croatia’s history and cultural identity.