9 Must Try Peruvian Foods

1. Ceviche

Ceviche is a must have dish if you are traveling to Peru and enjoy fish. This local favorite is a large serving of fish cooked in a strong citrus marinade. The acid in the fruit “cooks” the fish giving it a chewy texture and incredible taste. Generally served at lunchtime and served with sweet potatoes or choclo, a white Andean corn. 

2. Pisco Sours

Pisco Sours a must try drink in the Cusco area. Ask for it at a bar or restaurant and enjoy a relaxing local drink! 

3. Cuy

Cuy is a staple meat raised in many local Peruvian homes (In English Cuy means guinea pig). This is a very traditional and celebratory dish for Peruvians and a must try for those brave enough to take a bite. The meat is pretty bony and is usually barbecued on a spit and served whole. 

4. Causa

Causa a traditional dish of layered potato and avocado served cold and found in most markets. This dish is sometimes layered with meat and/or hardboiled eggs. 

5. Lomo Saltado

Lomo Saltado is a stir-fry made with beef, tomatoes, peppers, and onions blended in a pan with soy sauce and fried potatoes. 

6. Aji De Gallina

Aji de Gallina a rich, velvety stew made with chicken and condensed milk and thickened with de-crusted white bread. Most places offer a vegetarian alternative made with boiled potato and creamy yellow sauce.

7. Rocoto Relleno

Rocoto Relleno is hot pepper stuffed with spiced ground beef and a hard-boiled egg, topped with melted white cheese and baked whole. This dish is most common in Arequipa. 

8. Pollo al a Brasa

Pollo al a Brasa is a Peruvian style roast chicken. The chicken is marinated in soy sauce, red peppers, garlic, and cumin. This dish is served with french fries or more traditional, fried yuca. 

9. Anticuchos

Anticuchos are flame grilled skewers of marinated meat and served everywhere in Peru. The most traditional skewers are made with beef heart.