Bosnia and Herzegovina cuisine (Bosnian: Bosanska kuhinja) is balanced between Western and Eastern influences. The food is closely related to former Yugoslav, Middle Eastern, and other Balkan cuisines.


Bosnian cuisine uses many spices, but usually in moderate quantities. Most dishes are light, as they are cooked in lots of water; the sauces are fully natural, consisting of little more than the natural juices of the vegetables in the dish. Typical ingredients include tomatoes, potatoes, onions, garlic, bell peppers, cucumbers, carrots, cabbage, mushrooms, spinach, courgette, dried and fresh beans, plums, milk, paprika and cream called pavlaka and kajmak. Typical meat dishes include primarily beef and lamb. Some local specialties are ćevapi, burek, dolma, sarma, pilav (pilaf), gulaš (goulash), ajvar and a whole range of Eastern sweets. The best local wines come from Herzegovina where the climate is suitable for growing grapes. Plum or apple rakija, is produced in Bosnia.

Meat dishes

Bosnian Ćevapi with onions in a somun
Pljeskavica and somun bread
Begova Čorba and lepina bread.
Bosnian rolled burek
Punjene paprike
  • Ćevapi – Bosnian kebabs: small grilled meat sausages made of lamb and beef mix; served with onions, kajmak, ajvar and Bosnian pita bread (somun)
  • Pljeskavica - a patty dish
  • Begova Čorba (Bey's Stew) – a popular Bosnian soup (chorba) made of meat and vegetables
  • Filovane paprike or punjena paprika – fried bell peppers stuffed with minced meat
  • Sogan-dolma – onions stuffed with minced meat
  • Popara – bread soaked in boiling milk or water and spread with kajmak
  • Ćuftemeatballs
  • Meat under sač (meso ispod sača) – a traditional way of cooking lamb, veal, or goat under a metal, ceramic, or earthenware lid on which hot coals and ashes are heaped
  • Pilav (pilaf) - grain, such as rice or cracked wheat, browned in oil, and then cooked in a seasoned broth
  • Burek – a meat-filled flaky pastry, traditionally rolled in a spiral and cut into sections for serving. The same dish filled with cottage cheese is called sirnica, one with spinach and cheese zeljanica, one with squash/zucchini called tikvanica, and one with potatoes krompiruša. All these varieties are generically referred to as pita (Bosnian for "pie").
  • Sarma – meat and rice rolled in pickled cabbage leaves
  • Raštika - meat and rice rolled in kale leaves
  • Grah – a traditional bean stew with meat
  • Japrakgrape leaves stuffed with meat and rice
  • Musaka – a baked dish made of layers of potatoes (or cabbage or egg plant)and minced beef
  • Bosanski Lonac – Bosnian meat stew cooked over an open fire
  • Tarhana - typical Bosnian soup with homemade pasta
  • Sudžuk - (Sujuk) – spicy beef sausage
  • Suho meso – air-dried meat similar to Italian bresaola
  • Dolma - stuffed grape leaves with rice

Vegetable dishes



Bosnian style tahini-based halva with pistachios
Bosnian tulumba
Ružica dessert
Bosnian coffee and Croatian Bajadera
  • Baklava – flaky pastry with a filling of nuts, drenched in sugar syrup or honey
  • Gurabija
  • Halva
  • Bombica
  • Hurmašica – date-shaped pastry drenched in a sweet syrup
  • Jabukovača – pastry made of filo dough stuffed with apples
  • Kadaif
  • Kompot – a cold sweet drink made of cooked fruit
  • Krofna - filled doughnut
  • Krempita
  • Oblatna
  • Orašnica
  • Palačinka (crêpe)
  • Pekmez
  • Rahatlokum (Turkish Delight)
  • Ružica – similar to baklava, but baked in a small roll with raisins[1]
  • Ruske Kape (trans. Russian Caps, plural)
  • Šampita - a whipped marshmallow-type dessert with fillo dough crust
  • Slatko (made from different fruits)
  • Sutlijaš (rice pudding)
  • Tufahija – whole stewed apple stuffed with a walnut filling
  • Tulumba - deep-fried dough sweetened with syrup

Relishes, seasoning and bread

Alcoholic beverages

Wines are produced mainly in Herzegovina, in the regions of Mostar, Čitluk, Ljubuški, Stolac, Domanovići, and Međugorje.

Non-alcoholic beverages

Boza and Boem šnita dessert in Sarajevo




  1. ^ "Bakeproof: Bosnian baking". Sbs.com.au. Retrieved 12 December 2017. 
  2. ^ "Sarajevski somuni: Miris mahale, tradicije i savršenstva". klix.ba. 3 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Ramazanski somun". moje-zdravlje.ba. 3 September 2015. 

Further reading

  • Tim Clancy, Bosnia & Herzegovina, The Bradt Travel Guide, 2004, pp. 93–97, ISBN 1-84162-094-7
  • Darra Goldstein; Kathrin Merkle (eds.). Culinary cultures of Europe: identity, diversity and dialogue. Council of Europe. pp. 87–94. ISBN 92-871-5744-8. 

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