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Authentic Venezuelan Arepas


  • Serves 4
  • Cooks in 40 mins (20m prep + 20m cook)
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Tastes: Bitter Salty Sour Sweet Umami
  • Estimated nutrition per serving


local_grocery_store Ingredients

restaurant_menu Method

  1. 1.In a large bowl, mix together the cornmeal, water, and salt until a smooth dough forms.
  2. 2.Divide the dough into 8 equal portions and shape each one into a ball. Flatten each ball into a disc about 1/2 inch thick.
  3. 3.Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the arepas and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side, until golden brown and crispy.
  4. 4.Transfer the arepas to a baking sheet and bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 10-15 minutes, until cooked through.
  5. 5.Slice each arepa in half and fill with your choice of fillings. Enjoy!

lightbulb_outline Tips

  • chevron_rightIf you don't have pre-cooked cornmeal, you can use regular cornmeal and cook it first according to the package instructions.
  • chevron_rightTo make the arepas crispy, make sure to cook them on a hot skillet with enough oil.