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Karni stobá: Antillean stew – VIDEO RECIPE

door Linda Terrizzi

Karni stobá (Of stobá di karni) is an Antillean stew made with beef. This traditional stobá you should really try it...

What's better on a cold day than a warming stew? This Antillean beef stew (karni stobá) is a perfect example of this. It takes some time, but that's mainly in the wait. The longer you let the meat simmer on a low heat, the more tender it will be.

Do you feel like this casserole, but no time to leave it on all afternoon? Then you might consider a pressure cooker to buy. This means that a stew that normally needs to cook for 3 hours is ready in about 45 minutes. Nice and handy, and it also saves gas / electricity!

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Would you rather watch a video instead of reading the recipe? Then you are lucky! In just over 5 minutes, Linda shows you how to find the Antillean karni stobá makes:


  • 1 Kg beef stew, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cloves of garlic, pressed
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 sprigs of celery, chopped
  • 100 ml water
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 tbsp butter or margarine
  • 1 el cumin
  • 70 gr / 1 can of tomato paste
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, cubed
  • 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • or sweet soy sauce
  • 4 potatoes, cut into wedges
  • 2 (winter) roots, cut in pieces
  • 200 gr peas
  • 1 green plantain, cut in pieces
  • ½ Madame Jeanette pepper

Preparation of karni stobá

Place the meat in a large bowl and season with salt, black pepper, cumin and garlic. Then add 50 ml of water here and let the meat marinate for at least 3 hours.

Then heat the sugar in a casserole until it starts to color. Then add the oil and butter. Remove the meat from the marinade and then fry it in the heated pan. Now stir occasionally and gradually add the remaining marinade.

Then add the tomato paste, onion, pepper, paprika, celery and soy sauce to the meat. Stir well and fill the pan with water until the meat is just under water. Finally, reduce the heat when the water starts to boil.

Cover the pan and let the meat simmer at a low temperature until almost cooked through. (about 90 minutes) Now add the potatoes, banana, carrots and peas and let it cook for another 30 minutes.

Then add (if necessary) extra water during the time that the stobá is on the fire.

Serve the karni stobá finally with funchi, rice or potatoes. - Enjoy your meal!

The complete Antillean kitchen

The recipe for the Antillean karni stobá can of course also be found in our cookbook 'The complete Antillean kitchen'. Did you know that there are no less than 300 (!) recipes in that book from the kitchen of Aruba, Bonaire en Curaçao?

It is the result of 7 years of research and we now finally dare to say that we have really “captured” Antillean cuisine in its entirety. Click on the image below to learn more about the book:

the complete antillean kitchen cookbook jurino ignacio

Also try…

Do you love traditional Antillean stews? Then try this one chicken stew (stobá di galiña)!


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