Discover the Epic Cuisine and Food of Portugal

Embark on a Culinary Adventure: Map Out Your Epic Food Tour of Portugal

Situated between Europe and America, Portugal is a unique location at the intersection of many different flavors and influences. What can you expect to find in the menu here? Fresh, locally sourced ingredients and simple, authentic flavors without a lot of fuss, cooked with love and served with pride (and wine)! 

Try not to drool while we tour you around Portugal’s most popular dishes. 


What are the staples being served up on every table around Portugal? 
Photo courtesy of Visit Madeira 


Limpets (Lapas)


Savor the Smoky Delight of Grilled Limpets
Photo courtesy of Visit Madeira 

Similar to clams, but slightly chewier, lapas are served on a hot skillet and covered in garlic, butter, lemon and sometimes pepper.

Grilled Sardines


Get Hooked on the Authentic Flavor of Grilled Sardines

The smell of grilled sardines on the streets of Lisbon usually means Summer has arrived. The sardines are grilled, simply seasoned with salt and served with a slice of cornbread. 


Fried Mackerel (Chicharros)


Indulge in the Rich and Flaky Delight of Chicharros

Chicharros is a local favorite. The traditional way to cook mackerel is to batter-fry them, and the Portuguese way to eat them is to eat the whole fishtail, head, bones, and all! Give it a try! 

Amêijoas à Bulhão Pato (Clams)


Discover the Taste of the Sea: Traditional Portuguese Cuisine Clams

A delicious traditional Portuguese clam dish-- starts with sautéed onions and garlic and a little bit of cilantro before you add the clams. To finish off this heavenly mix of flavors, white wine is then added while you cook everything together until the clams open up on their own.

Cataplana de Peixe


Fish Cataplana of Portugal - A Unique and Mouthwatering Delight!"

The cooking process used by the cataplana prevents the loss of the ingredients' aromas, creating a delicious dish full of flavor. 




"Experience the Perfect Balance of Texture and Taste with an Authentic Octopus Portuguese Dish"

When in Portugal, you must try the roasted octopus, or polvo, coated in red wine and spices. The octopus is tender and the roasted potatoes and wine sauce are simply delightful.


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Postas de Bacalhau 


Unveil the Flavorful World of Portugal: Codfish

For the real codfish lovers, this is one of the simplest dishes in Portuguese cuisine, and it also happens to be one of the tastiest. This dish consists of a fried codfish steak, served with boiled potatoes, vegetables, olive oil, and a lot of garlic.


Creamy Codfish Casserole (Bacalhau de Natas)


Get Ready to be Amazed by the Creamy and Rich Bacalhau de Natas

Bacalhau de Natas is the perfect Sunday comfort food. It’s comprised of salted, shredded cod, layered with sliced potatoes, a thick creamy sauce and flavored with spices that vary depending on who’s doing the cooking. 

Bacalhau à Brás


Elevate Your Taste Buds with the Mouthwatering Bacalhau à Brás

Quick and simple, the bacalhau à brás consists of half-cooked french fries and shredded codfish in a bed of sautéed onions and garlic, mixed with an egg and sprinkled with fresh parsley. 

Codfish Dumplings (Bolinhos de Bacalhau)


Discover the Perfect Combination of Texture and Flavor with Portuguese Codfish Dumplings


Using codfish leftovers and adding mashed potatoes, herbs, and spices, the bolinho (little ball) is formed using two spoons before it’s ready to be fried and eaten. Light, beautifully golden, and versatile, this dish can be used as a starter or as a course accompanied with rice and salad. 



Alcatra (Azores Islands)


Travel to the Heart of Terceira Island's Cuisine with Alcatra

The most famous dish from Terceira Island is Alcatra, a beef rump slow-cooked in a clay pot with red wine, onions, garlic, cloves, and black peppercorns until it’s falling-apart tender. Make sure to have it with massa sovada (traditional Portuguese sweet bread).

Kabobs (Madeira)


Take Your Taste Buds on a Journey with Typical Madeira Kabobs
Photo courtesy of Visit Madeira

The people of Madeira love to skewer their meats! This delicious style of cooking is done with bay laurels in Madeira. This type of tree is where bay leaves come from, so just imagine the flavors that are infused into the meat as it cooks over the flames. 


Francesinha (Porto)

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Indulge in the Hearty and Satisfying Francesinha Dish

A pork sandwich that’s layered with sausages, ham, and cheese, served with a very special sauce that takes hours to be simmered to perfection. It’s topped with a fried egg and served over a bed of french fries.


Pork Beef Sandwich (Bifana)


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Sink Your Teeth into the Juicy and Flavorful Traditional Bifana

The Bifana is the ex libris of Portuguese street food -- a pork beef sandwich seasoned with lots of garlic, pepper, and other spices. 



Pastéis de Belém (Lisbon)


Experience Heaven in Every Bite with Pastel de Nata

Alongside history and tradition, the delicious Pastéis de Belém are widely recognized as the authentic version of the custard tart (pastél de nata). Portugal clearly has a sweet tooth and this is the unofficial favorite! 

Bolas de Berlim

Experience a Taste of Paradise with Bolas de Berlim

The Portuguese version of donuts -- a fried dough rolled in sugar and filled with sweet, egg-based cream. Bolas de Berlim is usually sold at the beach by vendors who wander around yelling: “Olha a Bola de Berlim!


Queijadas da Vila, Queijadas da Graciosa & Queijadas da Dona Amélia (Azores)


Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth with the Irresistible Flavors of Azorean Sweets

If you have a sweet tooth, the Azores will not disappoint. Try the Queijadas da Vila from Vila Franca do Campo and the Queijadas da Graciosa- a delicious star-shaped sweet typical from Graciosa Island. Especies, horseshoe cookies with spiced filling, are a specialty of São Jorge Island. On Terceira Island, try the delicious Queijadas de Dona Amelia. The queijadas de feijão and pineapple cake are also not to be missed.


Sugarcane Honey Cake (Bolo de Mel, Madeira) 

Take a Sweet and Spiced Journey to Madeira Island with Bolo de Mel

This dark, spicy, round-shaped cake is made with "island honey", walnuts, almonds, orange juice, Madeira wine, and a variety of spices. Traditionally made during the Christmas season, the cake is now widely available around the island all year long. And the best part? It lasts a whole year! 

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