Croatian cuisine is built around the fantastic local produce that is so abundant in the hills, countryside and Adriatic coastline of the country. When on a charter in Croatia you can put together a delicious meal in the galley using simple ingredients such as fresh fish, Istrian truffles and extra virgin olive oil. Serve it up with a glass of local wine and you won’t need to venture ashore every night in search of somewhere to eat. Here is our guide to the top meals to cook while on a sailing holiday in Croatia.
Freshly caught Bonito with herbs and potatoes
Bonito, locally known as Palamida in Croatia, is a large fish belonging to the mackerel family, and as such, makes the perfect catch for a delicious night’s dinner. Abundant in the Sibenik, Dubrovnik and Split areas, all of which are popular with sailors, these fish have no scales so are an easy meal to prepare while on board and are paired beautifully with herbs and potatoes.
Here’s a mouthwatering recipe for you try:
1 freshly caught bonito
120ml of olive oil
5-6 cloves of garlic (chopped)
Tbsp of sea salt
Tbsp of freshly ground black pepper
Tbsp of oregano
2 lemons, juiced
1kg of new or baby potatoes
300ml of water
Preheat oven to 180°C
Fillet the bonito and remove head
Cutting along the back, carefully slice the fish lengthways into two halves
Sprinkle over half of the salt, pepper, and oregano
Spoon ¾ of the garlic into the meatiest parts of the fish making sure all of it meat is covered
Wash the potatoes and cut into equal size wedge-shaped pieces
Sprinkle with the remaining salt, pepper, and oregano
Place fish in a large roasting pan and surround with potatoes
Sprinkle remaining garlic over the potatoes
Whisk together the oil and lemon juice and pour over the fish and potatoes and add the water
Cook in the oven on board at 180°C for 1.5 hours while you enjoy a cold beer on deck under the sun
Full of Italian influence, this delicious fish stew is easy to make and perfect for supper on board after a long day on the water, either sailing along the coastline of Dubrovnik or snorkelling the azure seas of the Kornati Islands. The best bit about this recipe is that it can be cooked in one pan on the stove, with all of the ingredients thrown together to make a delicious meal for all on board.
1 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 carrot, chopped with skin
1 celery stalk, topped and tailed and chopped
3 bay leaves
50g chopped fresh parsley
Chilli flakes to taste
2 tins chopped tomatoes
1 freshly caught local fish, i.e. red snapper or John Dory, cut into inch thick pieces
120ml white wine
Salt and ground black pepper to taste
700ml fish stock
500g clams in shell, scrubbed
250g medium prawns, with shells
Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add the garlic, carrot, celery, onion, parsley, bay leaves and chilli. Cook and stir for about 5 minutes
Add in the tomatoes and cook for 15-20 minutes over medium heat
Add in the fish and the white wine. Cook for about 10-minites until the liquid has almost evaporated,
Pour in the fish stock. Reduce heat, cover and cook for 10-minutes, stirring occasionally
Add in the clams and cook until they have all opened (about 2-3 minutes). Remove and discard any that do not open
Stir in the prawns and cook for around 2-3 minutes until they turn pink
Sailing in Pula will give you the chance to sample some of the region’s most tasty flavours! The beauty of this simple northern Croatia dish, is that, unlike southern cured meats, Istrian cured ham is air dried by the famous Bura winds, so is a perfect match for those looking for a light meal while sailing. Traditional Istrian pršut is salted and rubbed with pepper and garlic, and is sometimes further flavoured with bay leaves and rosemary. You can buy it pretty much anywhere in northern Croatia, so make sure you pop it on your Croatian provisioning list before you embark, with our preferred suppliers, Jam Yacht Supplies.
1 large packet of Istrian pršut, sliced
1 waxed truckle of local Istrian truffle cheese
1 truckle of local Istrian cheese in walnut leaves
Freshly baked bread or par baked baguette
Olive oil for dipping
Cut the bread and cheeses into desired size chunks
If you want to know more aboutsailing in Croatia, speak to one of our experts who will be happy to share their knowledge with you. Use our price comparison tool to search for charters by date or destination, request a quote or contact our team on 01227 479 900.
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