33 Portuguese Food Favorites You Will Love

It’s not uncommon for people to confuse Portuguese food with Spanish food before they visit Portugal for the first time. The two countries are neighbors with a shared border and intertwined histories.

Portuguese chefs and home cooks honor both geography and history every time they prepare food with locally sourced products and exotic spices.

As a result, Portuguese food traditions are long and deep.

Cataplana de Marisco


This dish combines local ingredients like onions, tomatoes, peppers, olive oil, and white wine and adds a melange of seafood including mussels, shrimp and clams.

Caldo Verde

Originally from the north but popular throughout the country, Caldo Verde is a comforting, poor man’s soup typically made with potatoes, kale and olive oil.


Polvo à Lagareiro

Octopus fans won’t want to miss eating Polvo à Lagareiro for dinner in Portugal. As implied by the dish’s name, Polvo à Lagareiro‘s two main ingredients are octopus and olive oil.


 Gambas a l’Ajilo

Gambas a l’Ajilo is one of our favorite dishes to eat in Portugal. The quality of the dish’s two main ingredients – garlic and prawns – is second to none in Portugal.


Cozido à Portuguesa

Cozido à Portuguesa is a great dish to eat after working in the fields all day. At least that’s how the iconic Portuguese dish was originally eaten.


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