The typical cuisine of Santa Marta is strongly influenced by two factors: the contribution of Spaniards and Africans in their customs and geographic location. Being on the coast of the Caribbean Sea means that seafood is common in many of its main dishes. One of the ones that stands out among them is Arroz de Chipi Chipi, a small mollusk that is commonly buried in the sand of the beaches.


To prepare a meal for about six people you would need:

  • 2 cups of fish heads
  • Celery onion and carrot
  • 2 cups of rice
  • 3 pounds of chipi chipi
  • 3 large white cabbage leaves
  • 1/2 cup of stew
  • Salt and pepper to taste.


Wash the Chipi Chipi thoroughly, as they are usually full of sand. Aside, in the dish where we will process the rice, we will make a stew with oil, sweet peppers, onion, tomato, garlic, salt, pepper, and cumin. Mix everything well and once the stew is ready, add the Chipi Chipi and the clean rice then sauté it for a few minutes. Next, add the fish broth and the cabbage leaves and leave it cooking until it boils. When it starts to dry, remove it from the heat, cover it, and wait for it to dry. It is ready to be served, after decorating to your taste with a little bit more Chipi Chipi.