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List Of Traditional Portuguese Food

Traditional Portuguese food is a consolidation of various cultural influences. Any gastronome who has chewed on the iconic piri chicken or enjoyed a salty bite of cod won't just stop waxing lyrical about it. Consider this Tastessence article as your gastronomic guide as we present a hearty list of traditional Portuguese food.
Tastessence Staff
Did you know?
Most of Portugal's world famous unfortified port wine comes from the Douro region, which has been home to the tradition of wine making for hundreds of years.
Portuguese cuisine
Portuguese traditional cuisine holds a rich resume of fish, meat, salads, soups, and desserts recipes. A maritime nation, Portugal is a bountiful host that offers a slew of appetizing seafood recipes like the star dish of Bacalhau (which can be cooked in hundreds of different ways), Arroz de Tamboril, Sardinhas grelhadas, etc. Fish-based dishes like that of sea bass, squid, prawns, octopus, swordfish, anchovies, oysters, lobsters, etc., are equally appreciated.
Even the most persevering dieter can't hold himself from gorging on those heavenly and hearty meat dishes. That mouth-watering roast suckling pig, geez! Even Ronaldo can't stop licking his fingers. You mention pork or pork sausages, and the Portuguese will be slobbering just on the mention of it. Varieties of beef and chicken are also vehemently favored and savored.

Moving on to soups, soups are anything to dive in for! Just as you will roll your spoon toward your side, that potatoe-y consistency and juicy little pieces of sausages of Caldo Verde will leave you in a state of utter rhapsody.
Portuguese traditional dishes have a very earthy element to them―those who have enjoyed traditional Portuguese dishes will go a little teary with that charming reminiscence. So, while the world continues to go gaga over Portuguese food and its fabled wines, we quickly bring you on the same plane of ambrosial excitement with the following traditional Portuguese foods.
Popular Traditional Portuguese Dishes
bolinho de bacalhau
A ubiquitous dish, Bacalhau deserves every bit of fuss that people create over it. A simple and versatile dried cod dish, Bacalhau's taste transforms as it goes from one region to another. Bacalhau com natas (cod dish with onions, potatoes and layers of cream), bacalhau a bras ( sautéed shredded cod with beaten eggs and robust herbs), Bolinhos de bacalhau (cod fish fritters), Bacalhau à Gomes de Sá (a casserole dish of cod, onions, olives, eggs and potatoes) are some popular Bacalhau dishes.
Grilled sardines
grilled sardines
Sardines are a cardinal element of Portuguese culture. All a person needs on a hot sunny day is a grilled sardine salad sandwich with ice-cold beer. Come June 13, St. Anthony's Day, and you will find every person in Portugal talking about and eating grilled sardines.
Pastel de nata
Pastel de nata (Portuguese custard tart) has quite a story to it. Pastel de nata's gastronomic influences can be traced back to the 18th century when nuns made scrumptious pastries and cakes to supplement their revenue. Pastel de nata tastes best with Portugal's strong dark espresso coffee called bica.
Cozido A Portuguesa
This dish is a stew potpourri of different kind of meats, from chicken, beef, pork, chorizo, morcilla( blood sausage) and every possible meat an animal can provide; with vegetables like potatoes, carrots, cabbage, peas, and beans thrown in for good measure.
Arroz de patos
Arroz de pato is a classic duck rice dish that carries the essence of Portugal. This dish has an unbelievable heavenly flavor and is a star of casserole night parties. Tenderly cooked duck with perceptible hints of red wine, topped with chorizo slices is enough to make you explode with happiness.
And it doesn't stop here. The following list of traditional Portuguese food comes to whet your appetite:
Traditional Portuguese Dishes:
Meat dishes
  • Leitão
  • Francesinha
  • Carne de Porco à Alentejana
  • Bitoque
  • Rojões
  • Alheiras
Seafood dishes
  • Polvo à Lagareiro
  • Ameijoas a bulhao pato
  • Salmonte
  • Acorda alentejana
  • Choquinhos à Algarvia
  • Arroz de marisco
  • Arroz doce
  • Pão de Ló
  • Ovos moles
  • Molotov Flan
  • Bolo de Rei
  • Fiovos de Ovos
If you have a Portuguese grandmother or know one, whose entire life revolved around concocting lovely dishes in cozinha (Portuguese word of kitchen), we are sure she will have a few more dishes to tot up. If you know of any traditional Portuguese dish, feel free to share it with us.