The good weather is coming, the desire to travel, to get to know new places and soak up the culture of the place. Among many of the things we like to do when we visit a new place is to look for restaurants where we can try the local food, the traditional and most authentic dishes.
Malaga has a very varied gastronomy: meat, fish, typical local dishes such as salads, soups, traditional desserts… The secret is the first quality product that we have in our province (land and sea), always taking care of the elaborations, and trying to make it as healthy and wholesome as possible, as is the Mediterranean cuisine.
When asked the question “What to eat in Malaga in summer“, which I’m sure more than one of you already had in mind, I’m going to introduce you to the typical dishes and explain how they are prepared, so that when you go to order them you already know each of their ingredients.
1. ESPETOS OF SARDINES
It is arguably the most international dish of our land, and it is almost always the first thing you want to try when you visit the city.
The sardine dish is very common in the kitchens of many cities, and it is cooked in different ways, but espeto of sardines is unique to here.
Although it may seem simple to prepare, there are many factors that make the difference between one and the other, such as: the type of sardines (those from the coast of Malaga are usually smaller), the months in which they are fished (making their meat more or less juicy), the type of rod in which they are inserted and how to do it, the wind and the fire…
To taste this typical dish of Malaga you have to go to any of the beach bars along the coast of our province. If you want to know the best places to eat espetos I recommend you to visit our post.
2. MALAGA SALAD
This refreshing and easy-to-prepare salad is one of the most popular dishes during the summer, as a starter and to share before the main course.
It is a very healthy dish as its ingredients are: boiled potato, orange, cod, spring onion, olives and seasoned with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, vinegar (depending on the place), salt and pepper. Some places include other ingredients such as boiled egg and tuna.
You can order it in almost all bars and restaurants in Malaga and the Costa del Sol. It is an ideal starter before ordering something equally healthy like grilled or grilled fish, and something refreshing like a beer or white wine.
3. PORRA ANTEQUERENA
If you want to discover what to eat in Malaga this summer, you can’t leave without trying this cold dish.
The “porra Antequerana” is a cold soup, usually thick and you can order it almost anywhere in Malaga. This preparation is typical of Antequera (Malaga) and can be very similar to the Salmorejo made in Cordoba, as they contain almost the same ingredients, although what varies are the proportions of each of them.
The ingredients of the “porra” are tomato, bread (without crust), extra virgin olive oil, vinegar, salt, garlic and green pepper (this is the ingredient that differentiates it from the salmorejo). It is also usually topped with tuna, diced cured ham and boiled egg.
Ajoblanco is the other traditional recipe from Malaga, although you can also eat it in other parts of Andalusia. It is a typical dish that you can find in any house, as it is a recipe that has been passed down from generation to generation, and the best thing is that it is very easy to prepare.
It has nothing to do with the “porra antequerana”, although it is just as healthy and refreshing, so it is great for those hot days when you want to eat something light and fresh.
The ingredients of Ajoblanco are: unroasted almonds, bread, garlic, water and extra virgin olive oil, vinegar from Jérez and salt.
Anchovies are a very popular fish in Malaga’s cuisine and are prepared in different ways. Here you have information about the different types of anchovies that are eaten in Malaga:
1. Anchovies in vinegar: This is one of the most traditional ways of preparing anchovies in Malaga. The fresh anchovies are cleaned, the head and guts are removed, and then marinated in vinegar, garlic and parsley. This preparation brings out the fresh flavour of the fish and is a typical tapas dish in the region.
2. Fried anchovies: The anchovies are also prepared floured and fried in hot olive oil. The result is anchovies that are crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. It is one of the star dishes in any beach bar. In Malaga it is very common to order “Victorian” anchovies, which are usually smaller, around 5 to 7 cm (not yet mature), and it is not necessary to remove the bones.
3. Lemon anchovies: In this preparation, the anchovies are marinated in lemon juice, garlic and parsley, then dredged in flour and fried in olive oil. The lemon gives them a refreshing and acid touch. In most restaurants you can choose between Victorian or lemon anchovies.
6. CLAMS AND COQUINAS
Clams and coquinas are very popular seafood and can be found in different dishes such as pasta and rice, but I am going to show you two ways of preparing them that you will find in any beach bar or seafood restaurant.
The first thing is to explain the difference between the two: clams have an oval shape and are usually larger in size, while coquinas are more rounded and smaller.
1. Seafood style: This is one of the most common ways of preparing clams or coquinas in Malaga. They are usually cooked in a casserole with olive oil, chopped garlic, onion, parsley, white wine and a little flour to thicken the sauce. The clams are added to the casserole and cooked until they open. Serve in their own sauce.
2. Al ajillo: You will find this way of preparing them in almost every restaurant on the coast. It is prepared with olive oil and chopped garlic. They are cooked over high heat until they open. They are served with a little chopped parsley on top.
These are some of the most typical and tasty dishes you will find, if you want to know more about what to eat in Malaga in summer we will give you more ideas.
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