Pericana: appetizer made with dried peppers and codfish

Pericana: The perfect appetizer as a starter

Pericana is a delicious appetizer perfect for your next party or gathering. It is made with dried peppers and cod, and is absolutely delicious. If you are looking for something new and different to serve at your next event, the pericana is the perfect dish.

The best appetizer you’ve never heard of

The pericana is a typical dish of the cuisine of the province of Alicante, specifically in the region of l’Alcoià-Comtat, located in the foothills of the Sierra de Mariola. The combination of the salted cod with the sweet and slightly spicy peppers is absolutely addictive.

Since then, my mission is to find the perfect pericana recipe. I’ve tried dozens of different bell pepper combinations and preparation methods, and I’m finally ready to share my findings with you. Believe me, this is one appetizer you’re going to want to add to your repertoire.

How to make pericana?

Pericana is really very easy to make. You will need:

  • Dried peppers
  • Capellan: a variety of salted fish
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Salt

Put a griddle with a little olive oil to heat and when it is hot, pass the capellan until dry and remove it.

In the same way, we will toast the peppers, turning them quickly to avoid burning on any side (keep in mind that dried peppers have very little flesh and can burn very easily). Allow to cool.

Peel the garlic and chop it.

Open the peppers, remove the seeds and cut them into medium-sized pieces (to be able to integrate all the ingredients).

Finally, crumble the capellan with a size similar to that of the bell pepper, discarding the bones and the head.

Mix everything in a bowl and cover the contents with extra virgin olive oil and ready.

A classic way to consume this appetizer is accompanied with toasted bread and a touch of extra virgin olive oil on top.

In addition, the intensity of flavor makes it a perfect pairing with red wines with character and aroma.

Where to buy authentic pericana?

Surely if you are in certain municipalities of the province of Alicante or Valencia you can find it in some gourmet stores. But as it is probably a more complicated product to find, in Pico y Tallo we make it easy and comfortable for you.

Visit our online store with gourmet and artisanal products that we offer directly from local producers and you will find this and more carefully selected products.


If you are looking for a new and different appetizer to serve at your next party or gathering, look no further than the pericana. This delicious dish is made with dried peppers and cod, and is sure to be a hit with your guests. Go ahead and try it, you won’t be disappointed!

An ideal starter for all those who enjoy flavors with character. Dried peppers cooked together with cod, garlic and a quality olive oil offer an experience for the palate. Serve it with toasted bread, canapé puffs or on its own.

So don’t wait any longer and try the pericana, you won’t regret it.

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