What to Eat in Malaga

Wondering what to eat in Malaga? Today’s advice comes from fellow blogger (and food lover) Pedro, a Malagueño himself, currently living in New York City. Here’s what he misses from home!

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Now– here’s Pedro!

Eating in Malaga
Pedro is a Malagueño who loves good food and drink.

Since moving to New York, I have missed Malaga for many reasons: my family, my friends, the nice weather, and the beach. However, if there is one thing that always comes to mind when I think of Malaga, it is the food. Maybe because it reminds me of when I was little, of the food my mother makes, or just because in Malaga you can eat very well. Every time I talk about the food from Malaga I remember all this and I can make anyone hungry telling them about the dishes from my hometown.

In fact, I’ve convinced a lot of New Yorkers that their next trip to Spain should include Malaga to try out the delicious food!

Espetos (sardine skewers)

Our espetos are definitely one of my favorite dishes. Espetos (literally translated as skewers) are made up of a few sardines that are skewered on a wooden stick and cooked over a fire pit in a small boat filled with sand. This method of cooking the sardines gives them a unique flavor, and the best place to eat them is obviously at one of the chiringuitos (beachside restaurants specializing in freshly caught fish). These restaurants are in the sand, right on the beach, and remind me of the late afternoons and evenings with my grandmother (who was also a fan of espetos) as we enjoyed our food with the sound of the water in the background.

what to eat in Malaga

Pescaíto frito (fried fish)

I have heard a lot of people say that the typical pescaíto frito (fried fish) is not just from Malaga, and they are right. I have tried the fried fish from almost everywhere in Spain, and I have to say that nowhere else makes it the same way as they do in Malaga. It isn’t enough to just have good oil and fresh fish (although that is a big step in the right direction). You also have to know how to fry it for just the right amount of time, and with the oil at just the right temperature. Every time I eat fish in New York, I end up thinking about the pescaítos fritos from home.

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Fried fish in Malaga, what to eat in Malaga

Torrijas (French toast) with Malaga wine

When Holy Week arrives in Malaga, apart from the folkloric traditions and the happiness in the air, it is also time for torrijas (a special kind of french toast). Torrijas are a simple dish (but not easy to make well) and they are delicious! My mother makes them every year and my father and I anxiously await the moment when we can sit down and enjoy them. Sliced bread, milk, sugar, honey and a little touch of Malaga wine put the cherry on this delicacy. There are many variations of this dish, but that is how my mother always made them.

Torrijas

Papas a lo pobre con huevo (home fried potatoes with egg)

This is a dish eaten all over Andalusia, and also in other areas. When there wasn’t much money to eat, something that was always around were potatoes, oil, and green peppers. Whoever had the idea to combine them like this deserves my respect for sure! And I think, despite the simplicity, it is one of my favorite dishes. In almost any restaurant in Malaga, and definitely in the roadside stops in the mountains, you can find papas a lo pobre. If the potatoes are soft and fried well, you can add an egg, and you have your whole meal along with a good piece of bread.

Eating in Malaga

Porra (chilled tomato soup) from Antequera

This tomato based dish is always a point of controversy in Andalusia because it is very similar to salmorejo (a thicker version of gazpacho) typical of Córdoba. I am from Malaga, but part of my family comes from Córdoba, so you can imagine the fun debates we’ve had over this dish. Although they are similar, they are not the same. The porra has a thicker texture, is made with more bread and is paired with tuna. In any case, I’m a fan of both dishes and in any bar that you stop into, you will likely find it on the menu.

Porra in Malaga

Those are my favorite dishes, the ones that, even as I wrote this article made me think about catching the next plane to Malaga to eat them all tomorrow! There are other delicious dishes that you can try if you visit Malaga including the:

  • Ensalada malagueña (a kind of cold potato salad with bacalao and oranges)
  • Boquerones en vinagre (anchovies marinated in vinegar)
  • Cazuela de fideos (a noodle dish)
  • Ajoblanco (a cold almond and garlic soup)
  • Boquerones Vitorianos (a smaller fried version of the anchovy)
  • Gachas (a dish made with fried bread)
  • Garbanzo stew

But overall, it is important to enjoy the ambiance, the weather and the happiness that is always present in the city!

About the Author: My name is Pedro and I’m from Malaga. My wife and I write for the travel blog El Boqueron Viajero, a bilingual travel blog where we share our experiences from around the world, from a personal and emotional point of view. I’m also travel expert writer for Homeaway. I have previously lived in Malaga, Madrid and Barcelona and, for the past year, I have been living in New York. As well as the travel blog, I have my own consultancy offering SEO in New York.

Photo credits: Espetos by Daniel Sancho

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Professional eater, writer, cook, food tour operator. Fascinated by food and its history. Loves: a gooey slice of tortilla, fish markets, homemade cocktails, train travel. Hates: Overhyped restaurants, wine snobs, long menus, mediocrity. Check out my food tours at www.devourspain.com.
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Comments

  1. says

    I LOVED the food in Malaga province when I visited a year ago last May. The sardinas al espeto were some of the tastiest, meat-falling-off-the-bone fish I’ve ever had, and ajoblanco was refreshing and very different from anything I had ever tried. I’m grateful you explained the difference between salmorejo and porra–I tried the latter in Antequera and couldn’t distinguish the two, but now I know: lots of bread and a tuna garnish.

  2. says

    I am visiting Malaga for a few days and as I love my food this is perfectly timed for me. Great advice and the Espeto is definitely something for me to try!

  3. says

    Hey, don’t forget the berrenjenas con miel (eggplant fritters with honey), they were so delicious.
    Thanks for the post, it brings back great food memories from a recent trip to Spain.

  4. says

    Hi Pedro, I am an English expat living in Malaga and one of my favorite Spanish dishes has to be the simple ‘tomato salad’.

    The combination of lovely fresh diced Spanish tomatoes, fresh garlic, olive oil and jerez vinegar is amazing…best bit is mopping up all that lovely juice with some crusty bread! I think the key is to use a good quality jerez vinegar maximum flavor…correct me if i’m wrong!

  5. says

    Hi Pedro – I recognise that yearning! I lived in Madrid for 8 years after I got married and moved there from my hometown of Hereford (where the beef cattle comes from) Couldn’t find a Mars Bar (my favourite chocolate bar back then) or drinkable tea or a Hereford steak anywhere – but one of my first gastronomic experiences in Spain was those ‘ torrijas’ – mead by my mother-in-law in Segovia – what a memorable Easter that was ! ‘cordero asado’ and ‘torrijas’ !

  6. says

    Buenas tardes,

    somos una empresa valenciana de más de 50 empleados especializada en turismo vacacional y vamos a difundir un e-book sobre la provinicia de Valencia a nivel nacional.

    Nos gustaría que formaseis parte de este ebook con vuestra marca e incluiros como colaboradores si os interesa enviarnos cualquier información vuestra que pueda aportar valor al mismo.

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