• Author: Simple Vegan Blog
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 10 arepas 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: Venezuelan

Learn how to make arepas. It’s a simple recipe that only requires 3 ingredients. Stuff them with your favorite fillings or enjoy them just by themselves.

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  • 2 and 1/2 cups warm water (625 ml)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil + extra oil for cooking, optional
  • 2 cups precooked cornmeal (320 g), see notes


  1. Add the warm water, salt and oil to a large mixing bowl and stir. The oil is optional, so feel free to omit it.
  2. Add the precooked cornmeal, a little at a time and stir with a spoon or your hands (I prefer to use my hands).
  3. Mix for about 2 minutes. You’ll get a dough that doesn’t easily stick to your hands, is moist and moldable, and can be rolled into a ball. If your dough is too watery, add more flour and if it’s too thick, add a little bit of water, until you get a perfect consistency. However, if you follow my recipe, you should get a perfect dough.
  4. Let the dough rest for 5-10 minutes.
  5. Wet your hands to make the arepas, that way the dough won’t stick to your hands. Divide the dough into 10 pieces, roll each piece into a ball and carefully press each ball between the palms of your hands to form a disc, about 1/2-inch thick (about 1 cm). If the arepa cracks a lot, your dough may need more water (add a little at a time). A little cracking is normal, so just use your wet hands to close the cracks by gently patting along the surface.
  6. Add a little bit of oil to a large skillet (use a non-stick skillet if you don’t want to use oil), and when it’s hot add the arepas. I usually cook them in two batches to give them a little room in between, so they don’t touch. Cook over medium heat for 5 to 7 minutes each side or until the arepas are golden brown and cooked in the inside.
  7. Transfer the arepas to a cooling rack and let them cool for about 10 minutes. If you’d like to fill the arepas, split them in half with a serrated knife. You can enjoy them just by themselves, though.
  8. Best when fresh, keep leftovers in an airtight container for 3 to 4 days.



  • Serving Size: 1 arepa (of 10)
  • Calories: 125
  • Sodium: 233 mg
  • Fat: 1.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 25.6 g
  • Fiber: 3.2 g
  • Protein: 2.1 g