Penny De Los Santos

Experience the seafood and fresh flavors of Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast with these recipes from the Adriatic. These recipes first appeared in our April 2014 issue with the story Splendor of the Isles.


Brodet (Croatian Fish Stew)

In this Croatian seafood stew, the ingredients are layered but not stirred to keep the delicate fillets intact. See the recipe for Brodet »

Croatian Radish Salad (Salata od Rotkvica)

This citrusy radish salad also makes a cool, palate-cleansing side for whole grilled fish.

Skampi na Buzaru (Langoustines in Tomato, Garlic, and Wine Sauce)

On Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, shellfish are often prepared na buzaru, simmered in a brandy-and-wine-enriched tomato sauce. Langoustines are used here, but the preparation works just as well with shrimp, clams, or mussels. See the recipe for Langoustines in Tomato, Garlic, and Wine Sauce »

Crni Rižoto (Black Cuttlefish Risotto)

This Croatian risotto gets its deep color from the addition of cuttlefish or squid ink. See the recipe for Black Cuttlefish Risotto »

Swiss Chard with Potatoes (Blitva)

Garlicky hunks of potato are mixed with wilted Swiss chard in this quick Croatian side dish.

Whole Grilled Fish with Lemon (Riba na Rostilju)

Seka Salamun, a home cook in Tisno, Croatia, uses olive wood to impart a mild smokiness to this grilled fish. Though delicious with just a squeeze of lemon, it also pairs beautifully with classic French fish sauces. Get the recipe for Whole Grilled Fish with Lemon (Riba na Rostilju) »

Rosemary Focaccia

Toasted carob powder, yogurt, and grated sweet potato add complex flavor and chewy texture to this Croatian take on focaccia from home cook Tatjana Ciciliani.