Food in the Balkans: Traditional Croatian Dishes

Food in the Balkans: Traditional Croatian Dishes

Split, Croatia

Welcome to Balkan Market, your gateway to the rich and diverse world of Balkan cuisine and the best place to buy Balkan Food online! Nestled in the heart of the Balkans, Croatia boasts a fascinating history and a vibrant culinary heritage. Join us as we take a delightful gastronomic journey through time, exploring the unique flavors and favorite foods that make Croatia a true culinary gem. A Tapestry of Culinary Influences: Croatia's geographical position has made it a crossroads of various cultures and civilizations throughout history. From the ancient Romans to the Byzantines, Venetians, Ottomans, and Austro-Hungarians, each empire has left an indelible mark on Croatian cuisine. This cultural fusion has resulted in a diverse and enticing culinary landscape. Traditional Delicacies: No culinary exploration of Croatia is complete without savoring some of its beloved traditional dishes.

Here are a few favorites that will transport your taste buds to this captivating country:

Peka: A mouthwatering dish originating from Dalmatia, peka combines meat (typically lamb or veal), potatoes, and vegetables, slow-cooked under an iron bell covered with hot embers. The result is tender, juicy meat infused with aromatic flavors.

Black Risotto (Crni Rižot): A signature dish from the coastal region of Istria, this unique risotto gets its striking black color from squid ink. Combining the flavors of tender squid, garlic, parsley, and a touch of red wine, it offers a delightful taste of the Adriatic Sea.


Ćevapi: Popular throughout the Balkans, these grilled meat sausages made from a blend of beef and lamb are often served with somun (traditional Balkan bread), raw onions, and ajvar (a roasted red pepper and eggplant relish).

Strukli: Hailing from the continental region of Croatia, strukli is a heavenly baked pastry filled with a mixture of cottage cheese, sour cream, eggs, and various seasonings. It can be enjoyed as a savory or sweet dish, making it a versatile treat.

Pag Cheese (Paški Sir): Produced on the island of Pag, this award-winning sheep's milk cheese is renowned for its unique flavor. The rugged terrain and salt-laden pastures imbue the cheese with a distinctive taste that has earned it international acclaim.

Fant: Provides you the seasoning you need to making different Croatian dishes. The seasoning comes with instructions included and everything you need to start making delicious Croatian dishes!

Croatian Culinary Products: At, we are proud to offer you a wide range of Croatian culinary delights that embody the essence of this enchanting country. Some of the must-try products include:


Bajadera: A cherished dessert hailing from the enchanting Balkan region, embodies a delectable symphony of flavors. This culinary masterpiece unveils layers of heavenly chocolate intertwined with an irresistible nutty essence, captivating the taste buds with every delicate bite.

Olive Oil: Croatia's mild climate and fertile soil create the perfect conditions for producing high-quality olive oil. The region of Istria, in particular, is known for its superb olive oils with fruity and robust flavors. 

Ajvar: A versatile roasted red pepper and eggplant relish, ajvar is a staple in Croatian cuisine. Its smoky and tangy flavor profile makes it a delicious accompaniment to meats, bread, or as a condiment in various dishes. Ajvar comes in a Hot and Mild variety.

Fruit Jams: The rich soil and Mediterranean climate of Croatia play an integral role in the unparalleled taste of the fruits and vegetables grown here. From succulent peaches and plums to luscious figs and strawberries, the Balkans boast an incredible diversity of produce, each fruit carrying its distinct flavors and aromas. As these fruits mature under the sun's warm embrace, they absorb the essence of the earth and sea, creating a unique taste that shines in every spoonful of jam or marmalade.

Cookies, wafers and chocolate: Along with all of the natural delicious food Croatia is also know for their delicious snacks and chocolates all of which can be found here on our site!

Conclusion: Croatia's culinary heritage is as captivating as its stunning landscapes and rich history. At Balkan Market, we invite you to embark on a culinary adventure by exploring our selection of authentic Croatian products. Immerse yourself in the flavors of this beautiful country and bring a taste of Croatia to your table. Bon appétit!

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