Tenerife cuisine includes a lot of recipes of solid and very nourishing food.
We should definitely highlight typical Tenerife food such as stews - ribs with chickpeas or meat with potatoes (potatoes are very popular all over the island). However, unlike cuisine from mainland Spain, Tenerife traditional food includes other ingredients, such as vegetables, chickpeas, sweet potato, corn, pineapples, pears or chayote.
On the other hand, Tenerife’s 342 km of coastline, explains the popularity of fish in Canarian recipes. In fact, specialties such as baked horse-mackerel or horse-mackerel in tomato sauce, weakfish cannelloni or tollos compuestos (brined and sundried shark, dogfish or stingray) are always easy to find in Tenerife restaurants as is the cazuela de pescado - a stewed seafood dish traditionally accompanied by gofio escaldado (corn flour mixed with broth). Meat is less common; usually pork, rabbit, goat, and certain types of poultry are used in recipes for Tenerife food. One of the common meat dishes, for example, is baifo - baby goat baked in the oven, and one must not forget to try one of the area’s most famous dressings - mojo picón. In addition, of course, Tenerife’s best restaurants serve traditional Spanish food, such as traditional Spanish breakfast dishes, Spanish paella and Spanish tapas, accompanied by the best wines. Professional sommeliers will always help you to choose a nice red wine or good white wine that perfectly accompanies your meal. Tacoronte-Acentejo wines are especially recommended local wines.
When it comes to Tenerife desserts, one must mention that the island has an important confectionery tradition. Among the specialties are egg flip, chasneras pastries which are much appreciated in South Tenerife, and the artisan turon de Tacoronte.
If you are looking for the best Tenerife restaurants, be sure to visit those at Iberostar hotels, where our skilful chefs will recreate for you some of the most incredible dishes of Canarian gastronomy.