Cozumel Island offers a delicious variety of typical Mexican cuisine that creatively blends ancient indigenous Mayan and Aztec recipes with Spanish, French, and even Middle Eastern influences. So if food is on your list of things to do in Cozumel don’t hold back! Not only is the island filled with many different restaurants but it also offers many professionally run Mexican cooking classes and workshops.
Here are some popular traditional dishes to look out for:
Sopa de Lima
Rich chicken stock to which any combination of vegetables is added, as well as obligatory portions of shredded white chicken meat. Seasoned with limes which draws out the delicate flavor of the broth, this soup is served with fried tortilla strips and a side dish (called “salpicon” in Spanish), which is made of chopped radishes, purple onions and bitter oranges.
This baked fish dish is one of the most popular of all dishes on the Yucatan Peninsula, in which grouper (“mero”) or snapper (“huachinango”) is most often used. Covered in a mixture of sour orange juice, dried oregano and an achiote-based paste, the fish is then layered with slices of tomato, bell peppers and onions, wrapped in banana leaves and baked.
Arguably the diamond in the crown of Yucatecan cuisine, this mouth-watering dish is prepared by marinating a suckling pig in sour orange juice, ground achiote and many other spices. The pig is then wrapped in banana leaves and is slow cooked overnight in an outdoor oven.