Portugal was once the world’s greatest navigator, and it learned to cook with very few ingredients. You will find Portuguese dishes everywhere, whether you’re in Lisbon, Porto, or some small, undiscovered village. Although Portuguese food may seem simple to recreate, you’ll only be able to taste the true flavor of Portuguese cuisine if it is prepared with love. There are many delicious Portuguese food to choose from, whether you’re looking for fish or meat.
You can’t go wrong with fresh seafood, delicious pastries, and mouth-watering sandwiches. But there is much more to Portugal. If you are planning a trip to Portugal, it is important that you are aware of ETIAS requirements in order to enter and try all the delicious foods available in the country.
This delicious sandwich is a messier version of the French Croque Monsieur and can be found mostly in Porto. Francesinha is a special sandwich. Francesinha is a sandwich made of bread, ham, and steak. Then it’s topped with cheese, melted cheese, and spicy tomato and beer gravy.
Francesinhas can also be found with eggs topped and served with fries so that you can enjoy the delicious taste. This delicious, decadent meal is best paired with a Fino (draught beer).
Bacalhau a Gomes de Sa
This codfish dish is one the most famous in Porto. Jose Luis Gomes de Sa Jr., a codfish merchant created the recipe and sold it to a friend. He was a chef at O Lisbonense. The recipe and the restaurant are still in existence today.
This recipe will instruct you to cook codfish in milk and then boil potatoes. Once the eggs are cooked, season everything with garlic, onion, olive oil, and olives.
This is a very simple but delicious dish. Where should you go? Abadia do Porto and A Cozinha do Manel (Porto).
Prego roll is a well-known Portuguese dish that you may be familiar with. This simple dish, made with high-quality ingredients, is easy to make. And is typically served with bread. Pork belly is used in this recipe. It has a high fat content and once cooked, the meat becomes tender and more flavorful.
Therefore, it’s a great choice for cooking in dishes like this buttery caper sauce! The traditional recipe includes rice and cheese, but you can use your favorite side dish instead. If you want to keep things super healthy, go for quinoa or edamame beans!
Grilled steaks are often served with grilled onions, mustard, cheese, and a fresh Portuguese roll. This is the perfect meal for mid-day after a long day of exploration. Prego Rolls are quick, delicious, and reasonably priced.
Arroz de Pato (Duck Rice)
This delicious dish is another everyday favorite or great example of comfort food. Braga’s Arroz de Pato was originally made from wild duck. Arroz de Pato literally means “duck rice”. You don’t have to hunt for wild ducks anymore.
However, if you wish to make this dish, it is worth taking some time out of your day. Although there are many steps involved in creating this delicious dish, the final result is well worth it. This combination of duck and sausage is a wonderful one. If you feel lazy, you can go to Tasquinha Dom Ferreira, (Braga), and enjoy the final steps of the process, which is eating the food.
It’s no surprise that this traditional soup is a staple of Portuguese cuisine. This versatile and nutritious soup is traditionaly made with collard greens and potatoes. It also includes oil, salt, oil, pepper, onion, garlic and garlic. You may also find one or more Portuguese pork sausages in this soup.
Although it is a simple meal it has a lot of nutritional value and can be found in many places. It can be eaten with a variety of dishes or before the main course.
Caldo Verde can be ordered at traditional restaurants with paio (pork sausage) and accompanied by broa corn-bread. Although all of these are delicious, this combination is the best.
Bonus: Pasteis de Nata
Pastei de Nata is a must-have in your Portuguese cuisine repertoire, regardless of whether you are a sweet toother or not. It should be part of your everyday experience.
This Portuguese traditional dessert is made up of a flaky pastry filled with creamy custard and cooked to perfection. The soft, flaky pastry will surprise you as you take a bite. It’s not too sweet and has a great texture.
There are many cafes that specialize in this type of pastry. These are great with good coffee. They are also small enough to be eaten right after your main meal.
In this article we have shared some of the most delicious Portuguese food that you should definitely try on your Portuguese trip. We believe that exploring the destination doesn’t come with just going around the sightseeing. It’s more connected to the exploration of their historical, cultural and gastronomical heritage. Hence, we hope that this article will help you a lot on your journey and will make you see Portugal in a bit different way from what you’ve read in the guidebooks.