Yellow and white arepas on a serving dish.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 arepas
Author Rebecca
Arepas are a delicious pan-fried corn cake that is a cross between a tortilla and an English muffin.


  • 2 cups Masarepa * (pre cooked corn meal)
  • 2 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 Tablespoon vegetable oil for frying


  • In a large bowl, combine the Masarapa, water, and salt until fully combined. Pack the mixture together and allow it to rest for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat a large castiron skillet with vegetable oil.
  • Measure out 1/4 cup-sized portions and roll into a ball with your hands, then gently press and shape them into discs that are about 1/2 inch thick.
  • Place the discs in the hot oil and allow them to cook over low heat until they begin to turn golden brown/black. Flip and repeat, adding additional oil as needed so they don't stick.
  • If you want to slice them in half, you'll want to bake them for about 10 minutes at 350F on a large baking sheet. Enjoy hot.


*If you use white corn meal, we found that you only need about 2 cups of warm water
  • If you find that the mixture is a little dry, you can add additional water 1 Tablespoon at a time. You want the consistency to be slightly dry but combined.
  • You can add up to 1 cup of shredded cheese for additional flavor.
  • Arepas may also be deep fried.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 142, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Sodium: 294mg, Potassium: 85mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 1g, Calcium: 3mg, Iron: 1mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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