The enchanted Galapagos Islands are home to an abundant marine life, including shrimp, oysters, lobster, squid, and octopus. Therefore, fresh seafood is an essential ingredient in the majority of the dishes in the Galapagos. The weather in the archipelago is also ideal for growing fresh vegetables. Read on to discover some of the best dishes on the Island.
Most Popular Dishes
Viche is a traditional dish from the coastal region of Ecuador. Also known as biche de pescado, this tasty thick soup is made with white fish, usually Corvina (sea bass). Other ingredients include: yucca or cassava, sweet plantains, sweet corn, peanuts, onion, garlic, and cilantro. There’s a slightly different version made with both shrimp and fish which is also great..
The famous Ceviche is a bowl of seafood that has been “cooked” in lime juice. It can be made with several types of fish, shrimp, octopus, lobster, you name it. The acidity of the lime juice changes the physical and chemical composition of the fish, making it safe to eat. Thinly sliced tomatoes, onions and sweet corn are usually added to the bowl. It is eaten with a spoon and makes for a great meal.
Arroz Marinero, or seafood rice, is very similar to Paella. The rice is cooked in seafood broth and sautéed with shrimp, clams, squid, bay scallops, onions, garlic, bell pepper, cilantro and spices. This is an island favorite.
Encebollado de Pescado is a delicious soup made with fresh tuna, yuca or cassava root, tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and spices. It’s served with curtido or pickled onions on the side. Curtido is pickled cabbage slaw. Tomatoes can be added on top or mixed in with the soup. This dish is great for any meal; breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Meals generally come with a portion of green or ripe plantains that can be prepared in different ways. For example, Chifles are ripe plantains that are thinly sliced and deep fried. Patacones on the other hand, require more preparation and they’re made with green plantains that are smashed and fried twice. Andean Popcorn is a type of popcorn made from a special variety of corn. The kernels do not burst and puff up like regular popcorn, rather they grow a bit in size, turn crunchy, and have a toasty look/taste.
Where to eat in Galapagos
The most populated Island is Santa Cruz Island, famous for its port: Puerto Ayora. The port is home to high quality restaurants, cafes and bars, including Ikala Restaurant & Bar. The restaurant is located by the pool at the brand new Ikala Galapagos Hotel. It offers a great view of the harbor and the menu consists of a breakfast buffet as well as healthy international and Galápagos-inspired dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. They also provide vegetarian dishes and can accomodate guests with special requirements. Start planning your trip today, you won’t regret it!