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.

The best food in Portugal is a reflection of both the country’s geographic location and its history of world exploration.

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



Bacalhau (salt cod) has been an integral part of the Portuguese diet for centuries and for good reason. Salting cod not only adds flavor but also removes the need for refrigeration.

Pastéis de Bacalhau

More than a snack and less than a meal, Pastéis de Bacalhau are fried cakes made with cod and potatoes instead of sugar and flour.


Sardinhas Assadas

Cod isn’t the only popular finned fish in Portugal. Sardines take center stage on outdoor grills in warm summer months and hit the plate as a dish called Sardinhas Assadas.



Conserveiras (canned tins of fish) offer a popular alternative to freshly grilled fish in Portugal.


Arroz de Pato

Rice is a key ingredient in numerous Portuguese dishes, both savory and sweet, but none is more iconic than Arroz de Pato (duck rice).


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