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Five seafood dishes to sample in Peru

By Sophia Guida

Enjoy Peru’s seafood bounty with these five classic dishes.

Five seafood dishes to sample in Peru

Arroz con mariscos, one of Peru's many seafood dishes. (Photo: Wikipedia)

One major element of Peru’s cuisine consists of gifts from the sea. Particularly around the coast, you’ll find all sorts of seafood-based dishes. Ceviche is usually the first seafood dish that comes to mind, but here are five more to try the next time you feel like having some seafood.

Arroz con mariscos

The classic rice with seafood is flavored with aji amarillo and a bit of cheese, and is cooked sort of like a risotto. It contains different types of fish and seafood, with short-grain rice and sometimes peas. Some recipes also include a cheesy, peppery sauce with yet more seafood served on top of the rice.

Parihuela

This is a spicy soup made with saffron and aji panca and is somewhat like a bouillabaisse. It contains a variety of seafood, such as mussels, octopus, lobster and shrimp, cooked in fish broth and white wine. Sometimes it also has a touch of pisco in it.

Tiradito

Similar to ceviche, tiradito consists of raw fish sliced paper thin and served in a lime-based sauce without onion. The dish draws upon Japanese culinary influences through the use of soy sauce and ginger in the sauce.

Pescado a lo macho

Here you have a piece of white fish that is either baked or grilled and then smothered in a yellow pepper sauce with pieces of seafood. Sometimes the sauce is also served over tacu-tacu, a dish of masked beans mixed with rice and shaped into a patty.

Chupe de camarones

This dish is not exactly typical of coastal cuisine per se because it’s originally from Arequipa, but it can be made with shrimp from either the ocean or freshwater. It’s a type of shrimp and potato chowder made with aji panca and aji amarillo, and topped with a fried or poached egg. It tends to be a filling meal to make sure not to fill up on appetizers!

These are just a few of the seafood dishes you can find in Peru. What are some of your favorites? Share them with us in the comments below!

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