Aruban Delights

Cuisines You Should Try When You’re in Aruba

Aruba is a beautiful paradise and one of the most favorite spot for vacation of most travelers because of its warm weather and mile long beaches lined up against crystalline waters. There is also variety of activities for an action filled vacation. During your vacation in Aruba it is also important to experience its local cuisines. Taking a walk down local streets or supermarkets can be an experience in itself. Aruba is filled with fast food eateries that will make Americans feel like they’re in their own backyard. The local cuisine is the best example of the culinary experience when you take a vacation abroad. The traditional local dishes in Aruba have an array of exotic flavors. The authentic Aruban cuisine is a felicity for those with an adventurous palate. Here are some of the must try cuisines when you visit Aruba.


Stuffed cheese (keshi yena)

This classic dish is traditionally made by hollowing out a round of cheese and filling it with ground beef, chicken, golden raisins, prunes, olives, cashew nuts and piccalilli, a green tomato relish with onion and peppers. Keshi yena also can be served a cheese melt sandwich, served as a baked shell filled with Edam cheese and meat. This is a popular dinner choice with a strong mixture of Dutch flavor. It was famously known on the island as a poor man’s dish used as an economical dish during earlier times.



Found in Aruba as well as much of the Caribbean, conch is served as fried fitters, a stew with vegetables or a ceviche pickled with onions and peppers in vinegar or lime juice (this often is called a conch salad). Conch makes terrific chowder, and the Westin Aruba Resort’s Pago Pago Steakhouse serves a special one, using coconut milk and seasoning it with curry.

Creole snapper

Creole snapper (snapper crioyo)

Another signature Aruban dish, the snapper is pan fried and topped with a tomato-based Creole sauce. At the Aqua Grill restaurant, the grilled fish is topped with a Creole sauce that’s more alike to a cold salsa made of roasted vegetables and hot peppers. This is not typical Aruban style since most of the island’s Creole sauce is not this hot.




The best part about travel is looking for common denominators in different places, like finding pizza in Argentine; with the influence from Italy. Aruba has a highly influenced Caribbean and Spanish cuisine, so finding their version of the empanada was easy. A pastechi is a delicious and economical snack. Very much alike in style to the empanada, but with a pie like crust, the pastechi is the simplest introduction to Aruban cuisine.



Any food that has a strange name will often appeal to travelers. Based on corn meal, this is a common dish served as an appetizer. Think of it as Aruban polenta; the corneal is poured and stirred into boiling water seasoned with butter and salt. It is left mushy and served into a mound; almost like a jello-like substance with a rich taste.


Douglas Santiago writes for Nikky Beach Aruba. Travel and Tourism are his topics of interest and he finds immense pleasure in writing article about dining in Aruba.


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