Vegetarian Food in Albania: 25 Best Albanian Vegetarian Dishes And Vegan Food In Albania

Last updated on October 4th, 2021 at 08:19 pm

We will write about vegetarian food in Albania with the best 25 Albanian vegetarian dishes. You will find vegan food in Albania while traveling in restaurants and supermarkets. As vegetarian Albania people will understand easy but you will have to explain for vegan food to make sure that they understand properly.

On average a vegetarian dish in a local restaurant in Albania will cost around 5. Breakfast will usually be cheaper and dinner will usually be the most expensive. Read here Albanian food and Albanian drinks.

You will find in Albania a lot of vegetarian choices like vegetarian sandwiches and fruits. Apart from this you can get vegetarian pizza and pasta with vegetables. Plus a lot of vegetables, juices, fruits and cheese.

Is it possible to survive with vegetarian dishes in Albania? Can you survive with vegan dishes in Albania? It will be challenging but there are a few Albanian vegetarian dishes and a few options for vegan food in Albania. Keep reading below

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Vegetarian Food in Albania: Best Albanian Vegetarian Dishes And Vegan Food In Albania

1. FËRGESË

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Fërgesë is one of the most popular Albanian vegetarian dishes made with peeled tomatoes, cottage and feta cheeses, onions and bell peppers. Fërgesë usually has a thick texture and is seasoned with lots of spices. You can add meat to the stew and you usually eat with bread.

2. GREEK SALAD

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traditional Greek Salad is one to not miss when you are going to vegetarian food in Albania since is near Greece. Greek salad is fresh and healthy with have greens (your favorite vegetables), cucumbers, tomatoes, green bell peppers, red onions, Greek olives (of course), and feta cheese. You can add some mint for some added flavor, and Kalamata olives are a good too kind of the Greek olives to use for the salad.

3. VEGETARIAN MOUSSAKA

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Vegetarian Moussaka is a must Albanian food to try (also common in Greece). Moussaka is an eggplant- or potato-based dish, often in the Levant, Middle East and Balkans with many local and regional variations. Moussaka usually has meat but you can’t skip it to make it vegetarian.

4. SPEÇA ME GJIZE (SPECA ME GLIZË)

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Speça me gjize (Speca me Glizë) is a vegetarian food in Albania not just yummy but very colorful, too. Speça me gjize (Speca me Glizë) is made with green, yellow, orange and red bell peppers stuffed with rice, cottage cheese, herbs and spices, before baking in the oven.

5. BYREK


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Byrek is one of the most popular breakfast in Albania. Byrek is a baked bread with cheese and it can be with cheese, vegetarian with spinaches. You can see everywhere in the bakeries in Albania and prices are for less than €1.

6. PERIME NE ZGARE (GRILLED VEGETABLES)

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Perime ne Zgare or Grilled vegetables are a popular side dish to any Albanian dish, especially when making barbecue at home with friends and family. Grilled vegetables is a popular vegan food in Albania.

7. VEGETARIAN PIZZA

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Vegetarian Pizza is so popular in Albania since it’s near Italy. There are options for vegans and vegetarian. Just make sure you ask in the restaurant and they will provide the options. Basically if you choose vegan you will have to remove the cheese. But if you go for vegetarian pizza in Albania you will have a few options.

8. TARATOR

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Tarator is a cucumber yogurt that is great as a side dip to any Albanian dish and a nice way to try something different other than plain yogurt. It is also a traditional Albanian summer dish that’s quick and easy to prepare.

9. FLIA

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Flia is also called flija is one of the most famous Albanian traditional vegetarian dishes. Flia is a layered pancake served with a variety of sweet garnishes, such as sour milk, yogurt, pickled vegetables, and many more.

10. JANI ZE FASULE 

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Jani ze Fasule is a classic delicious vegetarian food in Albania. Jani ze Fasule is white bean soup with different recipes depending on their region. The white beans are prepared by soaking them overnight, then rinsing and boiling them.

11. FRIED KAÇKAVALL

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Kaçkavall is the most popular cheese in Albania. Kaçkavall is a yellow salty white cheese made from cow or sheep milk. Kaçkavall is a classic appetizer which is served before the main course in many traditional restaurants in Albania.

12. QIFQI

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Qifqi is a popular Albanian finger food which is a small rice ball made with rice, herbs, eggs and spices. Qifqi is shaped like meatballs and you can find authentic Qifqi only in Albania.

13. IMAM BAJALLDI

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Imam Bajalldi is a very popular in the list of Albanian vegetarian dishes. dish in Albania. Imam Bajalldi is made with whole eggplant typically cut in half and stuffed with tomatoes, onions, garlic and then cooked in olive oil. Imam Bajalldi is commonly found in the Ottomans region in Albania.

14. PISPILI

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Pispili is a classic Albanian cuisine made with corn flour and green leaf vegetables, giving it a unique and delicious flavor. Pispili can be served as a main course, side dish or snack.

15. BUKË MISRI

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Bukë misri is an Albanian cornbread that is soft, crumbly bread cooked with batter. Albanian cornbread comes in a variety of flavors, such as plain and with leeks, spinach, zucchini, and feta cheese. It can be eaten with cheese and olives, or be served with stews, soups, and salads. 

16. TIROKAFTERI

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Tirokafteri is a popular Albanian dip made from strained yogurt, feta cheese and hot peppers. This dip is perfect for delicious pita bread, sandwiches, and vegetable salad.

17. JUFKA PASTA

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Jufka pasta is a traditional pasta product from the Dibra region of Eastern part of the country. Jufka pasta is handmade and very flavorful so it’s a popular food in Albania. You can add as mush vegetables like carrots, onions and eggplants with the tomato sauce. You can also partner with cheese!

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18. TRAHANA

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Trahana is a grain product that has so many varieties in Albania. Trahana can be made sweet or sour, or even with other spices. Trahana was originally used to preserve milk.

19. LAKROR

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Lakror is an Albanian pie dish cooked with vegetables. Most Albanians have their own recipes for this traditional food in Albania.

20. ASHURE

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Ashure is also known as Noah’s pudding, Ashure is a dessert porridge consisting of grains, fruits, dried fruits, and nuts. Muslims in Albanians typically serve this on the Day of Ashura.

21. PETULLA

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Petulla is the traditional snack food in Albania. Petulla is a type of fried dough that goes well with powdered sugar and honey, as well as salty flavors like feta cheese.

22. BAKLAVA

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Baklava is also popular in Albania but maybe you know as a Turkish dessert too. Baklava is baked and made of pistachios, butter and syrup. You will find in most of the bakeries in South of Albania for affordable prices. Baklava tastes so sweet!

23. KABUNI

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Kabuni is a Albanian rice dessert made with caramelized sugar and buttered fried rice. Kabuni has also some raisins, cinnamon, and cloves which is a delicious combination making it one of the most famous Albanian desserts.

24. SHENDETLIE

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Shendetlie is a famous Albanian dessert, which is a combination of a biscuit and cake because of its texture. Shendetlie is made with walnuts and honey soaked in a sugar syrup.

25. SULTJASH 

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Sultjash is a creamy rice pudding made with rice, milk, and other yummy ingredients. Sultjash can be served for dinner or as a dessert. If Sultjash is served as a dessert, sugar is usually added to make it sweet.

WHERE TO STAY IN ALBANIA

A lot of budget option is available for accommodation in Albania. Where you can sleep in a dorm room or a room from less than $10 USD while you can stay in a budget hotel for as low as $20-30 USD. There are so many to choose from depending on what type and how luxurious you want your stay to be starting from $50 USD.

If you are traveling in Albania outside the peak season prices will be much cheaper. Places like Tirana and Saranda will be the most expensive and you will find great deals in not so touristic cities.  There are AirBnB options in Albania where you can have a budget accommodation and a local experience at the same time.

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Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. Now based in the Philippines!