Traditional Mexican Cuisine
The Influence of Seafood in Cabo Cuisine

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July 28, 2023

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As you may know, Los Cabos has cornered the market when it comes to high-end, sustainable seafood but this incredible cuisine is even more satisfying when diners know the restaurants they support are working with the well-being of our planet in mind. The world-class chefs at the helm of Baja California Sur’s best restaurants have created extraordinary dishes featuring the ocean’s offerings that cause minimal environmental impact and ensure healthier oceans. 

Baja California Sur is well known for its dramatic desert landscape and surfable beaches, but it is also home to one of the most exciting food destinations in Mexico. The twin cities of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, also known as Los Cabos, have caught the attention of world-leading chefs and mixologists, who have opened restaurants, bars and taquerias celebrating the country’s diverse culinary traditions. Make the most of every meal with our guide to the best tables in town.

Cabo hosts eclectic mexican food with seafood influences. Let yourself be graciously overwhelmed the restaurants, and they will all enhance your dining experience. The culinary proposal is a delicious and inventive seafood cuisine with eclectic style made with fresh ocean products from the Baja coast (seafood, fish, shellfish).

Be ready to try fresh: grouper, red snapper, tuna, shrimp, lobster, scallops, mussels, oysters, baby squid, and blue crab. To pair the delicacies they have for you a good selection of different types of beverages and fine-spirited cocktails. Enjoy the privileged combination of Baja´s penchant for seafood, Mexico´s rich culinary tradition, and the plentiful marine bounty from the Sea of Cortes. 

In Los Cabos, fish and shellfish are harvested for local consumption in resorts, hotels and restaurants. These businesses in turn, service domestic and international tourists who provide the single greatest source of economic input to the state. Ove the last 25 years, sportfishing has been a great influence for the growth of tourism in Cabo.

The influence of seafood in Cabo cuisine has been applied with mexican cooking traditions, that take advantage of the abundance of variety of species. You will find a plentiful medley of seafood dishes served around Cabo. Some of the most eating fish species found off the Baja coast are dorada, yellowfin tuna, wahoo, sierra, amberjack, sea bass, snaper and grouper. Other common species, such as marlin, roosterfish and skipjack, are great sport fishing trophies.

It is well know that different species are appropiate for different dishes. The snapper is great for a soup, fish fingers or fried, tuna is the best for sushi and sashimi, and sea bass is best for fillets. There is a general rule of thumb for cooking these fishes. Lean, white flesh fish, such as red snapper and sea bass, is best suited to poaching, sauteing, pan frying and deep frying. Whereas, fatty fish, such as swordfish, is best with dry cooking methods, such as grilling and broiling. The moderately fatty fish, such as the popular sierra mackerel, is amenable to most cooking methods, with the possible exception of deep frying.

Shellfish is also widely represented on the menu of Los Cabo´s restaurants. These delicious menu items generally fall into two categories: mollusks such as clam, mussel, oyster and scallop, and crustaceans such as shrimp, lobster and crab. Most of them can be prepared all natural (served raw and sprinkled ith fresh lemon or lime juice) or in several, more sophisticated ways.

Shrimp is the most versatile of the locally available shellfish. It can be prepared in a number of different ways such as al ajillo, breaded, with coconut, in a soup, in hot chilli sauce, in ceviche, grilled or wraped with bacon and cheese. Crab is best in soups, fried or baked, while clams make great chowders. Whole lobster can be steamed, and talls can be prepared using literally any cooking method. Another favorite is the seafood cocktail. Prepared on a base of spicy tomate sauce, pico de gallo and lime juice, it can be complemented with fresh shrimp, scallop, octopus, or almost any other available shellfish.

With a food tour, you will be experiencing Cabo cuisine, join this experience for a unique Los Cabos food tour. All of the tours offer different dishes to make them unique. These tours are people who love their local place Cabo San Lucas and are delighted to share with you the best of our Mexican and seafood flavors and native culture combined with the los Cabos local food tasting. 

Check out our Cabo Yummy Tours in Cabo San Lucas. Do not miss the opportunity to experience our local cuisine that can help you learn more about Cabo San Lucas. Discover Cabo through its mouth watering traditional food, and you will undoubtedly discover tastes that will entice you to come back again and again. Begin with planning your dream Cabo street food scene adventure today! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


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