Must Try Miami Dishes

America is well-known for being a melting pot of different cultures. Of course, thanks to all this diversity, we get access to delicious dishes from all over the world. In this article, we’ll take a look at a selection must try Miami dishes in one of the most diverse cities in the country, Miami.

Here’s a list of the eight must try Miami dishes that have our mouths watering:

1. Ropa Vieja

This well-known Cuban dish is always a hit because chefs make it with shredded flank steak and serve with white rice, black beans, and plantains. The meat is slow-cooked in a tomato sauce until it shreds easily. The best part? You can make this meal on a budget!

2. Garlic Shrimp

Garlic shrimp is simple, but it’s full of fantastic flavor. It’s a classic Miami dish and a staple in Miami restaurants. The shrimp is sautéed in a buttery garlic sauce and served over a bed of rice.

3. Stone Crabs

Caught in the Gulf of Mexico, Stone crabs are a popular delicacy of Miami Beach. The meat is flavorful and sweet.  Plus people often eat them as bite-sized bar food or fried. There are three important rules when you are eating stone crabs: remember to suck the crab juice out of the claw, don’t crack the shell, and make sure not to let the juice dribble down to your hands!

4. Churros

Churros are a popular sweet treat that people find at almost any street fair or festival in Miami. They’re a great alternative to doughnuts. The pastry is deep-fried and sprinkled with sugar. It’s often served with dulce de leche (a sweet spreadable caramel) and chocolate sauce.

5. Ham and Cheese Empanadas

These small, flaky pastries with a pocket of chicken or beef are a popular snack. Food trucks often make and sell on the street,  Plus, they’re a popular favorite among children. They often eat them as a snack and served with a side of guava juice.

6. Ceviche

Ceviche is a seafood dish. It is found throughout South America. Chefs marinate the ingredients in an acidic mixture.  This causes the seafood proteins to denature. This changes the texture and takes the “fishy” flavor away. Restaurants usually serve ceviche with slices of sweet plantains, warm corn tortillas, and yucca.

7. Croquetas

Croquetas are a trendy appetizer.  Cooks make them from ham, chicken, and cheese. They are deep-fried until the outside is crispy, while the inside is kept warm, moist, and creamy. Bars often serve them as an appetizer with a cold beer.

8. Fried Snapper

Snapper is a prevalent fish in Miami.  Fisherman often catch it along the coast. For this dish, chefs bread the fish and deep-fried.   Then chefs serve it with a side of fries and a side of coleslaw. Restaurants often serve fried snapper with mashed potatoes and a green salad.


The food of Miami is rich with a variety of flavors and cultures because each neighborhood has its own set of special dishes. From the classic Cuban dishes to the fried snacks, the diverse people of Miami have a lot to bring to the table. Trust us; you’ll never get bored eating in Miami.

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Published By Kim Gandhi Kim Gandhi began cooking at 8 years old with a love of food driving her to experiment with her Hispanic and German heritage. She gained a BBA in Marketing and turned to the business world for much of her career. Her strong customer service background and her passion for great events that involve chefs, customers, and amazing food allows her to indulge in her love of cooking and enjoying what FFK chefs bring to the table.