We will take a look at the best dishes from the Dominican Republic that are perfect for Easter, better known in the DR as Lent. These dishes are all incredibly hearty and relatively easy to make, and many can even be made ahead of time.

What Is Lent?

This is a 40-day period that starts on Ash Wednesday. It’s meant to represent the 40 days Jesus Christ spent fasting in the scorching desert while being faced with the temptation of Satan.

It is one of the best-known traditional Dominican Republic desserts that is made around Easter time. It’s a sweet chilled dessert made from beans and coconut.

Habichuelas Con Dulce

Bacalao is the Spanish word for codfish (no matter the form). In the DR, it usually refers to salted and dried codfish.

Bacalao Guisado Con Papa

This is definitely a dish that you will find at any Dominican Easter celebration! Also often referred to as “Maiz Caquiao,” this is a type of cracked corn pudding.


The Dominican recipes are made from cassava beignets served with spiced wintery syrup. In my opinion, it’s way more flavorful than the better-known option.

Buñuelos De Yuca

Codfish is popular for Easter dishes in the Dominican Republic. It truly is a staple! And as previously mentioned, this dish also uses salted bacalao (codfish).