Portuguese Pickled Lupin Beans • Tremoços


Lupini beans are terrific, and beyond soaking them in saltwater, you can level up their flavor by seasoning them. It’s a way to add more excitement to these delightful beans, particularly when playing around with their natural sweetness by introducing a bit of acidity or spice.

The lupine plant is known for its yellow seeds, serving both as cattle fodder and as a pickled snack, particularly in Portugal. It’s quite common to spot lupini beans in Portuguese bars, and there’s even a festival dedicated to celebrating these delightful legumes every August.

Raw or dry lupini beans can be toxic. If they taste bitter, avoid eating them. All lupini beans should be cooked and soaked to remove their bitterness and alkaloids, so always buy these beans ready-to-eat, they are sold in jars, sealed bags or to order on the pickles, olives section of the supermarket!

Portuguese Pickled Lupin Beans • Tremoços

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Rating: ★★★★
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Elevate your lupini bean snacking game with this easy seasoned lupini beans recipe!


  • Lupini Beans – To Taste (Approx. 12 Tbsp)
  • Garlic – 2 Cloves (Minced)
  • Sweet Paprika – A Pinch
  • Paprika – A Pinch
  • Oregano – A Pinch
  • Bay Leaf – 1 Leaf
  • Water – As Needed
  • White Balsamic Vinegar – 5 Tbsp
  • Salt – To Taste


  1. Place the pre-prepared lupini beans in a plastic container.
  2. Season them with the minced garlic, sweet paprika, paprika, oregano, and a single bay leaf.
  3. Add a pinch of salt and pour in the white balsamic vinegar (or wine vinegar).
  4. Lastly, cover the beans with water. That’s it! Allow the flavors to meld by sealing the container and placing it in the refrigerator for at least one day.
Notes: Experiment with different herbs and spices like chili flakes or cumin for added zing. Serve these lupin beans alongside your favorite cold beverage, just like they do in Portuguese taverns hehehe. Also note that lupin beans are very low on calories, so it’s one of those snacks that you can eat a ton with no guilt ;D

This recipe for Portuguese Pickled Lupin Beans • Tremoços was originally created on BakeAfter.com. Esta receita de Pickles de Tremoços foi publicada em português no Iguaria.com.


Per Serving: 184 calories; 4 g fat; 16 g carbohydrates; 23 g protein.

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