5 Amazing Portuguese Recipes

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For today, let me share some of my favorite Portuguese recipes, ill keep myself to more savory dishes, because if I go into sweets from Portugal, it’s a very deep and delicious rabbit hole that I’m not sure if I want to get out ;D

Encase you don’t know, Portuguese cuisine is widely regarded as one of the most flavorful and diverse cuisines in the world. It is renowned for its fresh seafood, delicious stews, hearty soups, and sweet pastries. Portuguese cuisine is a reflection of the country’s long history of trading, exploration and colonization, which has led to the incorporation of various ingredients and cooking techniques from Europe and all over the world, as well as sharing and inspiring a lot of other culinary traditions.

One of the reasons why so many people love Portuguese cuisine is because of its simplicity and use of fresh, high-quality ingredients. The cuisine is also known for its generous use of olive oil, garlic, herbs and spices which give it a very distinct flavor profile.

Five Amazing Portuguese Recipes to Try at Home


Delicious Roasted Octopus – Portuguese roasted octopus, also known as “polvo assado,” is a traditional dish that is often enjoyed during the Christmas season. This dish features tender octopus that has been slow-roasted until it is perfectly tender and flavorful. It is often served with boiled potatoes and a drizzle of olive oil, making for a simple yet delicious meal.


Portuguese Batter Fried Green Beans – Portuguese batter-fried green beans, also known as “peixinhos da horta,” are a popular appetizer in Portugal. These crispy, battered green beans are a vegetarian twist on traditional fish “peixinhos” and are enjoyed throughout the country as a tasty snack or side dish, these are also known the inspiration for Japanese tempura.


Traditional Easter Meat Bread – Portugal has a wide variety of traditional breads, both sweet and savory, the Easter meat bread, also known as Folar de Carne (being this the version from Valpaços), is a staple in Portuguese cuisine during the Easter season. These savory breads are made with a mixture of flour, yeast, and a variety of meats smoked and non-smoked meats. They are often enjoyed as a snack or as part of a larger Easter meal.


Crispy Fried Mackerel – Fried mackerel is a traditional Portuguese dish that is extremely popular in Lisbon, and it is a popular delicacy that can be found in restaurants and cafés throughout the city, especially during the Summer. The dish features lightly battered and fried small mackerel, which is typically served with a side of boiled potatoes, boiled vegetables or a simple salad.


Tender Stewed Squid – Portuguese-style stewed squid, also known as Lulas estufadas, is a traditional seafood dish from Portugal. It is a delicious and hearty stew made with tender squid, potatoes, onions, garlic, and tomato sauce. This dish is simple to make and loved, due to its unique flavor and texture.

And as always, you can check more Portuguese recipes, by checking out the Recipes from Portugal section here in Bakeafter! Enjoy! Ohh ohhh and the main photo is from another very traditional portuguese Easter sweet bread ;D

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