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Famous Recipes that Come from Malaga

Malaga fish grill
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Malaga is famous not only for Picasso’s legacy, beautiful Old Town or “chiringuitos” (beachfront cafes), but also for it cuisine. Malaga cuisine is something that brings a lot of tourists to this beautiful Andalusian city, especially since consists of dishes that are a fantastic and delicious combination of Spanish and Mediterranean kitchens. Here are some of the dishes you can try only in Malaga:

Porra antequerana

Porra antequerana is a cold soup made with tomatoes, green peppers, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, salt and bread, often served with boiled eggs and/or domestic ham. It is a soup characteristic for Malaga, with thick texture and rich taste. 


Ajoblanco is another cold soup (don’t forget that summers in Malaga tend to be very hot). Bread, garlic, olive oil and ground almonds are basic ingredients of this soup.


Gazpachuelo soup
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If you are in the mood for some hot soup, than Gazpachuelo is the one you ought to try. Boiled potatoes, mayonnaise and fresh fish are the main constituents of this unique dish which you will find only in Malaga.

Malaga sardine skewers

Malaga sardine skewers are favourite beach food – it usually consists of six sardines which are skewered on a stake and grilled with just the right amount of salt. 

Meatballs with Almond Sauce from Malaga 

Meatballs with Almond Sauce from Malaga is a dish which you don’t want to miss. Its specific and spicy taste comes from a fantastic combination of ground meat mixed with salt, garlic, parsley, saffron, and almonds.

Fritura malagueña

Fritura malagueña is typical seafood dish which includes squid, cuttlefish, anchovies, and other varieties of seafood from this area. After throughout cleaning of fish, it is coated in flour and fried in hot oil, which makes them crunchy and very tasty. 

Ensalada malagueña

Ensalada malagueña is a traditional daily dish in almost every bar and restaurant. The main ingredients are Aloreña olives, potatoes, cod, onion, and Guadalhorce valley orange – which gives an interesting twist flavour to this dish.


Malaga is also famous for its wines and coffee. There are ten different ways you can order your cup of coffee, and their secret lies in the amount of coffee and milk in your cup. These types of coffee are unique for Malaga, and you will not find them in other parts of Spain. Some of those are:

  • un café solo: black

  • un café largo: extra strong

  • un semilargo: strong

  • un solo corto: espresso-

  • un mitad:  half milk, half coffee

  • un entrecorto: semi-short

  • un corto: the same as an espresso shot

  • un sombra: a third of the glass coffee and two-thirds milk (it literally means shade)

  • un nube: a lot of milk and just a splash of coffee- or “cloud.”

  • no me lo pongas: “don’t give me anything”– and although this is a joke in many, it stands for “if you don’t want un nube, than you shouldn’t drink coffee at all.”

If you want more coffee recipes, visit this coffee recipes resource page

Anyway, we know that you will enjoy your trip to Malaga, not only because there are so many interesting things to see– but also for its coffee, wine and food.


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