6 traditional dishes you need to try in Portugal

Portugal is a beautiful country to explore. From scenic landscapes to extensive sandy beaches, small villages and cities on hills, this country has it all!

And what you definitely cannot miss is the fantastic food. Refined for centuries and renowned around the world as tasty yet distinctive, you can find in Portuguese cuisine a lot of different options.

Even if you don’t stay in Portugal for a long time, make sure you don’t leave without trying these traditional dishes:


Grilled Sardines

Fresh grilled sardines are the best! Usually served with roasted bell peppers and boiled potatoes, paired with a tall glass of wine or a beer.

Sardinhas assadas, prato tradicional em Portugal.

Grilled sardines.


Francesinha is probably the most traditional dish from Porto. It’s a sandwich filled with different meats like ham, sausage, bacon, beef, and covered with melted cheese and (lots of!) sauce. It is typically served with a fried egg and french fries.

Francesinha, prato tradicional em Portugal.

Francesinha with french fries.

Baked Cod Fish

There are more than 1000 different bacalhau (cod fish) recipes in Portugal, and all of them are delicious! The one below is Bacalhau no Forno, and it goes great with white wine.

Bacalhau no forno, prato tradicional em Portugal.

Baked cod fish.

Polvo à Lagareiro

This is a very simple but popular dish. The octopus (polvo, in Portuguese) is first boiled and then roasted in the oven with a lot of olive oil and garlic. It is excellent with boiled potatoes.

Polvo à Lagareiro, prato tradicional em Portugal.

Octopus “à Lagareiro”.

Portuguese stew

Cozido à Portuguesa, or Portuguese stew, is one of the dishes with more ingredients in Portuguese cuisine. It’s a mix of slowly boiled meats, smoked sausages and a great variety of vegetables. Some people even add bread.

Cozido à portuguesa, prato tradicional em Portugal.

Portuguese stew.


Açorda is a bread-based dish with poached eggs, boiled fish and fresh olive oil, garlic and cilantro flavour. Some variations of the recipe may use meat or seafood.

Açorda de peixe, prato tradicional em Portugal.

Fish açorda.


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