Eating in Tenerife
Among the touristy restaurants and the fast food in the south of Tenerife, you will find some excellent local restaurants, offering delicious food and wine, typical to the island.
The local cuisine in Tenerife is reknowned for it´s freshness, simplicity and also it´s originality. The balmy climate on the island allows for the cultivation of vegetables throughout the year. Bananas, olives, tomatoes, green beans, oranges, avocado, mangos, the list is endless.
Fresh local dishes
Being surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean also means the island is a haven for lovers of fresh seafood. An endless supply of tuna, sardines, lobster, crab, octopus and so much more are available all year round.
The simple and fresh dishes traditional of the island are bursting with flavour. A firm favourite, are the famous "papas arrugadas" - a small salty wrinkly potato, served with "mojo" sauces. There sauces are composed of spices such as paprika, saffron, oregano, basil and cumin, combined with olive oil and vinegar, garlic and peppers and are traditinally red or green in colour. Red mojo sauce tends to be slightly spicey as opposed to the milder green mojo.
In addition to the islands' mojos, another fundamental product to Tenerife's food dishes is what's known as "gofio canario". Gofio goes all the way back to the island's indigenous Guanche culture, in which gofio was a basic food element. Gofio canario is a locally produced flour created by grinding roasted sweet corn and other toasted grains. Equally delicious and nutritious, you can find gofio canario added to anything from stews and sausages to coffees and desserts.
Typical Tenerife Food Dishes
- Cazuela de Pescado: a fresh fish casserole with potatoes, onions, tomatoes and peppers
- Puchero Canario: a popular stew with fresh local vegetables and meats
- Potaje de Verduras: a vegetable stew
- Ropa Vieja: different meats stewed with potatoes and chickpeas
- Papas arrugadas: Small wrinkled potatoes cooked in their skins, served with Mojo sauces