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Arepas Recipe
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Arepas Recipe

This arepas recipe is a traditional comfort food from Colombia and Venezuela of simple cornbread cakes that can be served as a snack or as part of any meal. They are very versatile. Learn how to make them.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Colombian, Venezuelan
Keyword: corn, masarepa
Servings: 10
Calories: 83kcal


  • 2 cups masarepa
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups warm water
  • Oil or butter for cooking as needed


  • Combine the masarepa, salt and water together in a mixing bowl. Mix well and let rest for 5 minutes.
  • Mix the dough again until smooth.
  • Hand form the arepas dough into 8-10 small patties, about 4-5 inches across and ½ inch thick.
  • Heat a grill pan or cast iron pan to medium heat and lightly oil or butter. Cook the arepas until golden brown on each side, about 10 minutes total. It could take longer. The outer shell will harden and form a crisp crust, with a softer or hollow interior.
  • Cool slightly and serve as desired.


Top or stuff with your favorite meats or cheeses, or simply with butter or cream.
Makes 8-10 arepas or more, depending on the size. Colombian arepas are 3-5 inches in diameter and 1/4 inch thick. Venezuelan arepas are 3-5 inches in diameter and 3/4 inch thick. Cooking times will depend on the chosen thickness.
A popular variation is to add shredded cheese to the batter before making the arepas. Adds a wonderful cheesy flavor.
Note: Calories estimated without cooking oil or butter, or with any toppings.


Calories: 83kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 237mg | Potassium: 60mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 49IU | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 2mg