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17 Recipes that’ll make you want to book a flight to Miami

The term “melting pot” was specifically made to describe what Miami, Florida, is. Cultures from all over Latin America and the Caribbean come together to create this amalgamation of flavor.

If you’ve ever visited Miami, you know it’s the city that welcomes you with a cafecito and puts you to bed with a crispy Cuban sandwich in your belly. Though not all Miami cuisine is about Cuban cookery, most of it is. We’re rounding up Miami-inspired recipes, which means you’ll see recipes from Cuba, lots of stone crab and seafood recipes and a slice of Key lime pie to round it all out.

1. Cuban espresso recipe


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Cuban espresso is the way to start any day in Miami, especially if you get a café con leche — espresso and milk.

2. Easy Cuban-style ropa vieja recipe

ropa vieja

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This shredded and easy Cuban-style ropa vieja is divine when served alongside rice — the rice soaks up all the delicious sauce.

3. Cuban black bean and rice mojo burgers with mango slaw and garlic tostones recipe

rice and bean burgers

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Cuban black bean and rice mojo burgers with mango slaw and garlic tostones — basically all the flavors you love about Cuban cuisine in a burger.

4. Cuban picadillo recipe


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Cuban picadillo is known as a main dish as well as a filling used in empanadas and casseroles.

5. Cuban sandwich recipe

cuban sandwich

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Cuban sandwich, the one midnight craving you can satisfy quickly in Miami. Packed with pork goodness and crispy bread, it’s a must-have in this city.

6. Cuban rice and black beans recipe


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Cuban rice and black beans are a staple at any Miami restaurant and home.

7. Crabcakes with mango-pepper relish recipe

crab cakes

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Miami is a city that gets fresh seafood on a daily basis, so try these gorgeous crabcakes with mango-pepper relish next time you have some crabmeat.

8. Stone crab scampi recipe

stone crab scampi

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Also a big thing, stone crab is a seafood lover’s dream, and this stone crab scampi is just the way to eat it.

9. King crab legs recipe

crab legs

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Did you know the microwave is the best way to cook king crab legs? Try it at home tonight.

10. Beer-battered fish tacos with margarita-mango salsa and jalapeño crema recipe


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Tacos are part of Miami’s history. From the popular food trucks to the traditional Mexican flavors, these beer-battered fish tacos with margarita-mango salsa and jalapeño crema scream Miami fun.

11. Make sushi at home


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Notable chefs like Morimoto have created an empire in Miami, and sushi is a big component of that.

12. Spicy California roll sushi nachos recipe

sushi nachos

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Try a twist on sushi by making these spicy California roll sushi nachos.

13. Key lime pie recipe

key lime pie

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Can’t forget dessert with this lovely Key lime pie.

14. Guava and cream cheese hand pies recipe

hand pies

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Another Caribbean flavor combination, guava and cheese go together like Will Smith and Miami in these guava and cream cheese hand pies.

15. Key lime pie milkshake recipe

lime milkshake

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Want to slurp your Key lime pie? Make these Key lime pie milkshakes.

16. Meyer lemon mojito recipe

lemon mojitos

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Meyer lemon mojitos, because Key limes aren’t the only famous citrus in the Sunshine State.

17. Caipirinhas recipe


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Caipirinhas are borrowed from the Brazilian immigrants in Miami and are the perfect way to cool off on a warm day.

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