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When it comes to gastronomy, Portugal stands out as a culinary paradise on the Iberian Peninsula. With its rich tradition and authentic flavours, Portuguese cuisine is a delight to the palate. From fresh seafood to comforting dishes, Portugal offers a variety of delicacies that will make you fall in love with its culture through taste. In this post, we will take you on a culinary journey through Portugal’s most typical dishes.


8 typical dishes of traditional Portuguese cuisine that you must try


Cod a Bras

This dish is a true classic of Portuguese cuisine. The cod is crumbled and mixed with fried potatoes, onion, and egg, all sautéed with olives and parsley. The combination of textures and flavours make this dish an unforgettable experience.



Originating from the city of Porto, Francesinha is a delicious flavour bomb. It is a sandwich filled with sausages, grilled meat and topped with melted cheese. All of this is bathed in a rich and spicy sauce that enhances every bite. It’s a perfect option for those looking for a hearty meal.


Pastéis de Nata

Pastéis de Nata, also known as Pasteles de Belém, are small cream cakes that melt in your mouth. With their flaky pastry dough and custard filling, they are a true symbol of Portuguese pastry-making. A visit to Lisbon is not complete without trying these delicious treats.


Grilled Sardines

In Portugal, fresh grilled sardines are a real delicacy, especially during the festivities of Santo Antonio in June. Marinated with lemon, salt and olive oil, they are grilled for a smoky, juicy flavour that reflects the country’s maritime soul.


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Caldo Verde

This is a comforting and typical dish of Portuguese cuisine, perfect for cooler days. Caldo verde is a soup of kale, potatoes and chorizo, seasoned with olive oil. Its simplicity and delicious flavour make it a local favourite.


Cataplana de Mariscos

Cataplana is a traditional dish from the Algarve, a coastal region in southern Portugal. It is a mixture of seafood, fish and vegetables simmered in a special clam-shaped pot, also called a “cataplana”. The result is an aromatic and flavoursome stew that will transport you to the beaches of Portugal.


Cozido à Portuguesa

This is a traditional winter dish that combines a variety of meats (pork, beef, chicken) with sausages, vegetables and chickpeas. It is simmered for hours for a really special blend of flavours and textures.

Seafood Rice

This delicious rice is a real feast of seafood flavours. Prepared with a mixture of seafood such as prawns, mussels, squid and fish, it is cooked with rice and seasonings for an exquisite dish full of aroma.


As you can see, Portugal’s gastronomy is a culinary journey full of authenticity and passion. Each dish reflects the country’s rich historical and cultural heritage. So, if you have the opportunity to visit Portugal, be sure to try these typical dishes and let yourself be seduced by the unique flavours that this land has to offer. Enjoy your meal!

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