Colombian-Style Arepas

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Active Time

35 minutes

Total Time

35 minutes

Serving Size



  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided 
  • 2 ½ cups precooked corn meal 
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt 
  • 3 cups hot water 
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil, divided 


  1.  Melt butter. Combine in large bowl: corn meal, salt, hot water, and 2 tablespoons melted butter; mix well. Let dough sit 2 minutes to hydrate. Form dough into 20 equal balls, then flatten each ball into a disc. 
  2. Heat large, nonstick sauté pan on medium 2–3 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon each butter and oil to pan. Place 6–8 arepas in pan; cook 4–5 minutes on each side until lightly golden and cooked through. Repeat with remaining butter, oil, and arepa dough; serve warm. 

Nutritional information

Amount per 1/20 recipe serving: Calories 70, Total Fat 5.00g, Sat Fat 2.00g, Trans Fat 0.00g, Chol 10mg, Sodium 180mg, Total Carb 6g, Fiber 1.00g, Sugars 0g, Protein 1g, Calc 2%, Vit A 0%, Vit C 0%, Iron 0%