Wonderful Cooking Class Experience in Peru

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Last updated Aug 7, 2023

You can’t think of a visit to Lima without thinking of delicious foods. Lima’s cuisine is dubbed one of the most exciting places for food in the world and a perfect location to experience a cooking class in Peru. It is hard to compete with the flavors and freshness of the ingredients only locally available. Lately, Peruvian cuisine has become a fusion of international flavors Spanish, Arabic, African, Chinese, Japanese, and Italian.

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Lima | Wonderful Cooking Class Experience in Peru

The cooking class experience in Peru was a perfect way for us to complete our travels through Peru. The cooking class started off with learning how to prepare pisco sour, something to sip on while making all the other dishes – causa, ceviche, lomo saltado and picarones. Experience not to miss.

Before our arrival in Lima, we have been in Peru for 2-weeks hiking. Needless to say, we were tired and did not feel like planning any adventures, but we knew we wanted to eat delicious food. All that to say we planned this cooking experience last minute.

Choosing a cooking class

There are many options when it comes to cooking classes in Lima. Everything from private to group classes, including a market visit and exotic fruit tasting. But when planning last minute, you may not have the luxury of picking and choosing.

We lucked out with reaching out to SkyKitchen on WhatsApp, and they were able to get us in the following day for the private cooking class. SkyKitchen was celebrating 11 years when we were there, and it is owned by two friends, one Peruvian and one German.

SkyKitchen Menus and Pricing

SkyKitchen has a few different menus you can choose from for your cooking class:

Peruvian Classic Meal Class

  • Causa Rellena (mashed potatoes with chicken salad and avocados)
  • Ceviche (fresh fish with Peruvian corn and sweet potatoes)
  • Lomo Saltado (sautéed beef, onion, and tomatoes with rice and homemade fries)                                                      
  • Picarones (pumpkin-sweet potato doughnuts with molasses)

Peruvian Standard Meal Class

  • Papa a la Huancaina (potatoes covered in a sauce of cheese, chili and milk)
  • Ceviche (fresh fish with Peruvian corn and sweet potatoes)
  • Aji de Gallina (Chicken stew with aji amarillo paste)
  • Pastel de Choclo Dulce (corn pie)

Andean Food with Quinoa Class

  • Ocopa (potatoes covered in chili-cheese-herb sauce)
  • Sopa de quinoa (soup with vegetables, chicken and quinoa)
  • Quinotto con Trucha (quinoa risotto with mushrooms and trout
  • Lúcuma Mousse (fruit with black quinoa)

Seafood Meal Class

  • Causas (mashed potatoes with octopus and shrimp)
  • Tiradito (fish carpaccio with the sauce of lime, fish stock and chili pastes)
  • Escabeche de Pescado (fish stew with onion, chili and vinegar)

Any of these classes can be combined with a visit to a local market and exotic fruit tasting. You can also customize the class to your dietary needs.

Classes are usually $70 per person, with the addition of the fruit tasting it is $90 per person, and with the addition of the Market Tour, it is $105 per person.

The minimum is 2 people per class, other than Saturday evening or Sunday lunch during those times 4 people minimum required.

Start times are 11 am and 4 pm.

SkyKitchen Cooking Class Experience

SkyKitchen is in the Miraflores neighborhood in Lima. Upon your arrival and meeting with the instructors, the first thing that you will be making is delicious pisco sour to sip on while cooking.

The way the class is structured is that a lot of prep work has already been done by Maritza (instructor’s assistant) and every dish you make you will eat before making the next dish which gives the class a great pace and you do not feel like you are stuffing yourself.

The first dish in the Peruvian Classic Meal to make is Causa Rellena. This delicious little potato layered tower looks very fancy, but in reality, it is no more than fancy potato salad. The tower is filled with chicken salad and avocados and topped with aji Amarillo sauce. Instead of chicken salad, you can use tuna salad, crab salad, or any other filling you prefer.

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Causa Rellena | Wonderful Cooking Class Experience in Peru

After enjoying this little morsel, it’s time for Peru’s national treasure of a dish – ceviche. If you ever thought to yourself ‘no way, could I make ceviche to taste as it does in the restaurant’ – you will be proven wrong today. It is an easy and simple dish to make when you have all the right ingredients.

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Ceviche | Wonderful Cooking Class Experience in Peru

By this point, I was already stuffed, but there was still one more dish to make Lomo Saltado, the Peruvian version of beef stir fry with Chinese influence, which is called Chifa style cuisine. It is usually served with rice and French fries because you just cannot have too many carbs 😊

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Lomo Saltado | Wonderful Cooking Class Experience in Peru

This experience is concluded by making street food desert – Picarones! Making Picarones turned out to be the most fun, as there is a specific way to handle the dough before dropping it in frying oil and let’s say it takes some practice 😊

We love cooking so for us this was a no-brainer, but even if you are not someone that cooks this is a wonderful experience and you get to eat delicious food.

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