Authentic Venezuelan Arepa Recipe

Authentic Venezuelan Arepa Recipe

If you’re in the mood for a comforting and versatile meal, then this authentic Venezuelan arepa recipe is for you. Arepas are a staple in Venezuela; these round, flat, corn cakes can be served with a variety of fillings and are perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Let’s dive into the simple process of making homemade arepas that will bring a taste of Venezuela straight to your kitchen.


  • 2 cups of pre-cooked white cornmeal (such as P.A.N. brand)
  • 2 1/2 cups of warm water
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of oil, plus more for frying


  1. In a large bowl, mix the warm water and salt until the salt is fully dissolved.
  2. Gradually add the cornmeal to the water while stirring, to prevent any lumps from forming.
  3. Once the cornmeal is fully incorporated, let the mixture rest for about 5 minutes to allow the dough to thicken and the cornmeal to hydrate.
  4. After resting, mix in a tablespoon of oil to the dough, giving it a smooth, pliable consistency.
  5. Divide the dough into equal portions and roll each into a ball. Flatten the balls into discs about 3-4 inches in diameter and 1/2 inch thick.
  6. Preheat a large skillet or griddle over medium heat and brush it with oil.
  7. Place the arepas in the skillet and cook for about 5 minutes on each side, or until they develop a golden crust. You can cook them in batches to avoid overcrowding the pan.
  8. Once the arepas are golden on both sides, place them in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 10-15 minutes, or until they sound hollow when tapped.
  9. Remove the arepas from the oven and allow them to cool slightly before slicing them open to create a pocket.
  10. Fill the warm arepas with your favorite fillings such as shredded beef, black beans, cheese, chicken salad, or avocado.

Serving Suggestions:

Traditionally, arepas are served with a variety of fillings that can range from simple cheese or ham to more elaborate preparations like reina pepiada (chicken avocado salad) or pabellón (shredded beef with black beans and plantains). The possibilities are endless so feel free to get creative with your fillings and enjoy this traditional Venezuelan meal anywhere in the world!

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

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