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Sataras (Croatian Tomato & Pepper Stew) – Croatia

Sataras is a delicious, vegan dish made of peppers, onions, tomatoes and olive oil. The longer you cook it, the better it tastes. You can let this cook on low while you do other things. It is is very similar to the Hungarian dish Lescos (minus the bacon) or the Turkish Dish, Imam Bayildi which essentially has Sataras on top of roasted eggplant with a drizzle of lemon, oil and a sprinkle of pine nuts. Imam Bayildi also has significantly more oil. Sataras is a great side dish or a tasty appetizer if you serve it with pita or toasted bread. For a complete vegetarian meal, serve it with fresh mozzarella and a side of salad. This dish went well with the other Croatian dish we made, cevapi. It is frequently served with grilled meats, rice or as a condiment. We loved this dish.


  • 2 red peppers, sliced
  • 2 onions sliced
  • 3 tomatoes, diced (1/2 can diced tomatoes – 7 oz)
  • 2-4 T olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • salt
  • pepper
  • cayenne pepper

Step by Step Directions

1. Slice peppers, onions & cloves.
Dice tomatoes.

Add oil & onions to pan.

Sautee until soft and golden, stiring regularly.

Add garlic.

Sautee 2 minutes, stiring regularly.

Add red pepper, salt, pepper & cayenne pepper.
Sautee until peppers are soft – about 30
minutes, stiring from time to time.

If you want it to go faster, just cover it
for a few minutes until they are soft.

Add tomatoes. Mix.

Simmer covered 30 minutes.

Add more oil if necessary.
6. Serve.

2 thoughts on “Sataras (Croatian Tomato & Pepper Stew) – Croatia

    1. So glad you liked it. Now that you have mastered this, if you are looking for one of the most delicious dishes, try Imam Bali – delight of the Imam! Basically you make Sataras, then cut the small italian eggplants in half. Score it. Bake it for about 30 min, then put the Sataras on top, drizzle more oil. Bake again. When you serve it, add a bit more oil and a squeeze of lemon. You can also put toasted pine nuts, but I prefer it without the pine nuts.

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