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How to make arepas

Welcome to our step-by-step photo tutorial on how to make a basic arepa!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Colombian, Venezuelan
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Lactose, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: gluten free, vegan, vegetarian
Servings: 4 arepas


  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 cup masarepa
  • 1/2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • Combine all of the ingredients for the arepa dough and mix well. Seperate the dough into 4 equal parts and roll the dough out into balls.
    Dough balls for arepas
  • Flatten the arepas into disks that are about 1/2 inch - 1 inch thick. The dough will have a tendency to crumble around the edges as you flatten it.
    To clean up the edges you should first wet your hands. Hold the disks between palms of your hands then rotate the disks and use your thumb to smooth out the edges.
    How to shape arepas
  • Heat a griddle or pan over medium heat then cook the arepas for 3-6 minutes on each side. You should wait until the arepas start to brown before flipping them. While the arepas are cooking you should preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
    Arepas on the grill
  • Put the arepas on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake the arepsa for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. After that, the arepas are done!
    Prepared arepas