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Ecuadorian food

Ecuadorian food is as diverse as the country itself. Each region has its own climate, fauna, flora, traditions, and food as well. Getting to know Ecuadorian food is getting to know Ecuadorian culture and history. In this blog post, we will take you on a gastronomic adventure through the most distinct flavors and dishes of each region and give you some tips. Be ready to discover unique ingredients, preparation techniques, and historical influences that contribute to one of the most delicious foods in the world. 

Traditional dishes from each region

Pacific Coast Food:

Along the coast, fresh seafood takes center stage, some must-try dishes made of marinated fish and/or shrimp are ceviche and encebollado. Moreover, dishes made of local green bananas are people’s favorites such as bolón and tigrillo.

The coastal region of Ecuador has an abundance of seafood, making it a seafood lover’s paradise. Ceviche, as mentioned earlier, is a highlight of this region, made of fresh shrimp, fish, or shellfish. Other coastal delicacies include encebollado, a hearty fish soup made with fresh albacore tuna, yuca, and topped with pickled onions. 

Ecuadorian Food. Ceviche.

Andean Highlands Food:

In the highlands, traditional specialties like cuy (guinea pig),  hearty potato soup known as locro de papa, and some other traditional dishes made of pork meat like fritada and hornado, show the region’s Andean heritage. 

Ecuadorian Food. Fritada.

The Andean region of Ecuador highlights its high-altitude landscapes and agricultural heritage. Traditional dishes in this region often revolve around potatoes, grains, and hearty meats. Francesca, a special soup served during Holy Week that combines twelve varieties of grains and legumes such as corn, fava beans, lentils, and pumpkin seeds. 


Amazonian Food:

The Amazon rainforest region of Ecuador offers a unique culinary experience influenced by the indigenous cultures of the area. Here, you’ll find exotic ingredients like chontacuro (giant Amazonian worms), which are often grilled or fried and enjoyed as a crunchy snack. Maito, a traditional dish, is made by wrapping seasoned rice with chicken or fish in a bijao leaf and steaming it to perfection. Additionally, fruits like cocona and copoazu are commonly used to prepare refreshing juices and desserts.

Galapagos Islands Food:

The Galapagos Islands are famous for their incredible biodiversity. Here, seafood takes center stage with dishes like lobster, ceviche, and grilled fish being popular choices. A standout dish is the encocado de langosta and the traditional Sancocho Galapagueño, a flavorful soup made with fish, green plantains, and yuca.


In conclusion, Ecuador offers a gastronomic adventure whether you are a seafood lover, a meat enthusiast, or an adventurous eater. Explore Ecuador and get to know its delights.

Is Ecuadorian food expensive?

In general terms, no, it is not expensive. In Ecuador, at lunchtime, plenty of local restaurants serve Almuerzo which translates to Lunch. This menu consists of soup, a main dish, a glass of juice, and a dessert. The cost of these can vary depending on the place but typically goes from USD 2.75 to USD 4. Also, is the best way to try homemade food. Also, in Ecuador, there are a lot of places where you can buy street food for small prices.

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