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Homemade Arepas

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"It was at a New York City hole-in-the-wall eatery where I first fell in love with a stuffed white corn cake. Halfway through my first arepa, one stuffed with black beans, beef, plantains, and salty cheese, I vowed to learn how to make these at home. It's a truly magnificent delivery system for any number of your favorite fillings. I went with some spicy pork and avocado, but I made a version a few days later stuffed with caramelized plantains and salty goat feta."

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Original recipe makes 8 arepas Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    20 mins


  1. Stir water and salt together in a bowl. Gradually stir corn meal into water with your fingers until mixture forms a soft, moist, malleable dough.
  2. Divide dough into 8 golf ball-size balls and pat each one into a patty about 3/8-inch thick.
  3. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Working in batches, cook corn patties in hot oil until golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer cooked arepas to a paper towel-lined plate to drain until cool enough to handle.
  4. Slice halfway through each cake horizontally with a thin serrated knife to form a pita-like pocket.
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  • Nutrition:
  • We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

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Jul 12, 2014

This is pretty much the recipe from the cornmeal product container. Having said that... you can't really beat it. Sometimes, if only seving as a vessel for salsa, I 'll add some seasoning to the batter, but it is totally not necessary. Easy, fast and delish.

Sep 05, 2014

I make these a couple times a week bc my husband is from Venezuela. These are a staple in Venezuela and can be stuffed with anything from ham and cheese to steak. They are also good stuffed with chicken salad. It took me a a few tries to get them perfect but they are worth it. Very good.


6 Ratings

Apr 29, 2015

my mom is from Venezuela so I'm familiar with arepas and these reminded me of the ones my mom used to make

Mar 29, 2015

These are awesome. It pretty much follows the recipe on the bag of masaarepa. They took a little longer to cook... probably 10 minutes per side. We stuffed it with cheese, black beans, and shredded chicken.

Nov 18, 2014

these are very good especially with cheese.


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  • Calories
  • 96 kcal
  • 5%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 20 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 1 g
  • 2%
  • Fiber
  • 0.5 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 1.8 g
  • 4%
  • Sodium
  • 293 mg
  • 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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