Papas arrugadas ([ˈpapas aruˈɣaðas] lit.'wrinkly potatoes') is a traditional boiled potato dish eaten in the Canary Islands. It is usually served with a chili pepper garlic sauce, called mojo rojo, or as an accompaniment to meat dishes.

Papas arrugadas
Papas arrugadas with red mojo sauce
CourseAppetiser or side dish
Place of originSpain
Region or stateCanary Islands
Serving temperatureWarm
Main ingredientsPotatoes

The dish is made from small new potatoes which are cleaned (but not peeled), then boiled in salt water. Originally, seawater was used, but today it is more common to use tap water with a very generous amount of salt added. After cooking, the water is removed and the potatoes are briefly left in the pot on the stove to dry off, until they become shrivelled with a fine salt crust.[1]

Papas arrugadas are considered a signature dish of Canarian cuisine.[2] The dish is sometimes served with conejo en salmorejo, a common Canarian rabbit stew.[3][4]

In 2016, Papas arrugadas were proclaimed gastronomic wonder of Spain in a contest promoted by Allianz Global Assistance, obtaining the first place by popular vote through Internet.[5]

See also



  1. ^ Workman, Derek. "The Best and Worst of Canarian Food". Smithsonian. Retrieved 2018-01-20.
  2. ^ "Canarian Cuisine". Official Tourism Website of the Canary Islands. Archived from the original on 28 March 2013. Retrieved 4 March 2013.
  3. ^ Islands Magazine. Vol. 14, No. 3. May-Jun 1994. p. 178. ISSN 0745-7847
  4. ^ Berlitz: Tenerife Pocket Guide. Berlitz Pocket Guides. APA. 2015. p. 153. ISBN 978-1-78004-897-0. Retrieved January 12, 2017.
  5. ^ "Las papas arrugadas, la primera de las 'Las 7 Maravillas Gastronómicas' de España". 23 August 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2016.