Gregada fisherman’s stew

Gregada – a delicious fisherman’s stew from Hvar is traditionally cooked in a clay pot and combines several varieties of fish and shellfish with anchovies, potatoes, capers, onions, parsley and garlic in white wine, and is a must-try when on the island.

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Here is a simple variation of this classic Dalmatian recipe:


  • 1500g fresh white fish, cleaned and scaled
  • 500g potatoes, sliced
  • 300g onions, sliced
  • 300ml olive oil
  • 500ml dry white wine
  • 300ml water
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, sliced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • bay leaf, parsley


  1. Heat the oil in a large, shallow, heavy-bottom brazier pot
  2. Sauté the onions until tender and slightly translucent.
  3. Add garlic and potato slices; sauté for a few more minutes.
  4. Layer fish on top of potatoes, throw in a few bay leaves,
  5. Braise in just enough water and white wine to cover everything.
  6. Gregada should be ready to eat in about 20 minutes.


Finally, don’t forget that when you sail in the Croatias beautiful Dalmation coast, do as Dalmatians do.

There’s an old Dalmatian saying that fish swims three times: ‘’First in the sea, then in the olive oil and finally in wine”, so don’t forget to make a toast to your sailing adventures with a taste from another Croatian island – dry white Pošip and Grk varieties, which are staunchly Korčulan.


Recipe contributor:  Croatia National Tourist Board

Sailing in Croatia

Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, is one of the most peaceful cruising grounds in the Mediterranean.  Its 6278 km coastline offers an exciting challenge of 1244 islands, islets, rocks and reefs to explore. Well maintained marinas, as well as plentiful yacht chartering and professional sailing courses to attend, make Croatia a true yachting paradise.

Hop from island to island in the Kornati archipelago mooring in bays or natural shelters, enjoy the underwater fishing in Pakleni Otoci, visit the famous lighthouse of Palagruza, the most remote Croatian island and moor at the amazing Elaphiti Islands.

Explore the azure blue waters taking you to the charming town of Cavtat and the mysterious Lokrum Island in Dubrovnik, Vela Luka on Korčula, Hvar and Vis, and all the way to Lošinj and Istria. Discover hidden bays and beaches, find a berth and taste the Mediterranean lifestyle at ports and marinas or sleep peacefully under a blanket of stars… Croatia by sea is a refreshing adventure!

For further information please go to the Croatia National Tourist Board website :

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