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A spatula lifting up a gluten-free arepa made with masarepa for an easy meal.
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How to Make Arepas

Learning how to make arepas is actually super easy! This classic Venezuelan sandwich is made from instant corn flour and makes a yummy gluten free and vegetarian alternative to bread.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Venezuelan
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 arepas
Calories 118 kcal


  • 2 c warm water
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp shortening butter flavored, melted
  • 2 c instant corn masa flour


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place water, salt and shortening in a large bowl. Slowly add flour, mixing well after each addition with a spoon.
  3. Once almost all flour is added, start mixing dough by hand until dough is just combined.
  4. Cover arepa dough with a moist towel and let sit at room temperature for 10 minutes.
  5. Scoop out ½ cup of arepa dough, roll into a ball, and flatten into a 4-5 inch diameter and ½ inch thick arepa.

  6. Test to see if dough is the right consistency by placing the arepa in the palm of your hand and then flip your hand over. 

    If the arepa sticks for a second or two, and then falls off, the dough is the perfect consistency. If it falls off quickly, add a bit more water. If it doesn’t fall at all and sticks to your hand, add more arepa flour.

  7. Repeat step 5 with the remaining dough.
  8. On a griddle or cast iron skillet, set to medium-high heat (about 400-450 degrees), place 1 tablespoon of butter or shortening. Once griddle is heated, add arepas.

  9. Cook each arepa for 3-4 minutes or until they begin to brown, flip, and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes on the other side.

  10. After all arepas have been seared on both sides, place them on a baking sheet and bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes.
  11. Slice arepas in half and stuff with your favorite fillings. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Facts
How to Make Arepas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 118 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 74mg2%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 60IU1%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.