During our time in Tenerife for New Year we visited the world’s best water park, went looking for turtles and hired a scooter to explore the island. But our number one pastime was probably eating! Luckily for us the Canary Islands food is very good; this is Spain after all.
How to Eat Like A Local – Canary Islands Food
The Canary Islands Food is known for being different from mainland Spain. We made sure to try some of the local delicacies and were pretty impressed.
Mojo Rojo Sauce
Mojo sauce is common throughout Spain and all over the Spanish-speaking world but Mojo Rojo is a Canary Islands special. The sauce is red in colour and has a thick consistency. The sauce is very garlicky with peppers and paprika adding to the flavour. The Mojo Rojo we tried was delicious and made a perfect accompaniment to grilled meat or fish. Just be sure to brush your teeth afterwards!
This dish is so simple yet so tasty. It is thought to originate from potatoes grown on the island being cooked in sea water. Nowadays, the potatoes are cooked in seriously salty water (enough salt to make the potatoes float) and served with a salt crust. Again, these make a great accompaniment to fresh grilled fish and are great washed down with some local wine.
This dish actually originated in Valencia but it is common throughout the Canary Islands. It is like a seafood paella but uses fideos pasta (like short noodles). The dish always has a golden red sort of colour to it due to the saffron and paprika. This is a great dish to share sitting on the seafront.
One thing that is synonymous with the Canary Islands food is the seafood. Being an island in the Atlantic Ocean may mean that swimming is a little cooler than you’d hoped for but the fish is excellent. We tried all sorts of fresh fish whilst in Tenerife: grilled swordfish, whole roasted seabass and hake. The Fideua (mentioned above) had fresh mussels, squid and huge prawns. If you love seafood, the Canary Islands are a great destination!