The sun-kissed coast of Ibiza is home to a cuisine that offers the clean, fresh flavors of the sea beside the rich dishes from the rest of the Spain. Mediterranean ingredients combine with culinary traditions from within the Iberian peninsula to create the unique Ibizan flavor profile. Tapas, Pintxos, Ensaladas Favorites from the rest of the Spanish peninsula also find themselves in Ibizan spreads. Jamón Serrano can be eaten by itself, sliced by hand on a tapas board, or in croquetaswith cheese, or with slivers of melon for contrasting textures and flavors. Of course, the region has its own sausages: sobresada and butifarra, which offers depth of flavor with garlic and peppers. For salads, Ibiza serves them on the hearty side, as with the ensalada payesa, a filling mix of boiled potatoes, dried tuna chunks, bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, boiled eggs, and bread. Taken together, it makes for a filling meal in iteself or a refreshing side dish to more meaty entrees.
And all this comes together in Ibizan paella, the world-famous and delicate mix of fish, seafood, and rice with the secret sofritobase and the saffron-flavored caldo.Ibizan paella comes in many forms: marisco, mixta, carne y verdura, and negra.
The region also has its share of grilled meats and stews, all cooked simply and as quickly as possible: solomilo de cerdo a la plancha(pork tenderloin), solomilo de ternera (sirloin steak), and brochetta ternera y verdura (skewered beef and vegetables). For stews, there are dishes like arroz de matanza, which stews rice with chicken, pork, and fresh chorizo.