Lisbon is a beautiful city with so many great places to visit a city with a long and rich history. The oldest part of Lisbon, the Alfama, dates back to the 4th century.
If you’re into Portuguese cuisine and culture, Lisbon is the place for you. One of the best things about Lisbon, however, is its traditional dishes that you can find in most restaurants around town.
In this blog post, we will talk about some of the most popular dishes and what they taste like!
What are traditional Portuguese dishes?
Many dishes in Portuguese cuisine have their roots as old recipes that were prepared for the rich and noble. But many of these traditional dishes originate from a time when Portugal was an agrarian society – meaning they are dairy-based with lots of vegetables, grains, meats, or seafood.
Is Portuguese food spicy?
Portuguese food is well known for its Mediterranean-style cuisine. and as such, it does not have a lot of spicy dishes.
Is Portugal expensive to eat out?
A typical meal in Portugal will cost about €12-15 per person based on the average restaurant meal price.
MOST POPULAR DISHES
Carne de Porco Alentejana
Is a savory pork dish with vegetables, potatoes, and rice.
The Portuguese love two things, pork, and clams, so they create a dish called Carne de Porco Alentejana which has both.
Cubed pork. This dish is typically prepared with a sauce made of white wine, paprika, garlic, cilantro, salt, and pepper.
After frying, the pork is returned to its marinade which includes clams and cooks for a little longer.
Once the clams have opened, potatoes are fried and added.
The dish is typically served with pickled vegetables, and many restaurants add fresh cilantro.
Polvo à Lagareiro
Based on the ingredients of the region. Polvo is a traditional dish loved by all Portuguese. It can be cooked in many different ways, Polvo à Lagareiro is one of the most popular dishes in Portugal.
One of the simplest dishes on this list, Polvo à Lagareiro is a grilled octopus served with potatoes. It is sprinkled with garlic and drizzled in olive oil when cooked.
The Portuguese dish Pollo à Lagareiro literally means ‘Octopus with Olive Oil.
Amêijoas à Bulhão Pato
Especially in Lisbon and around all the country Amêijoas à Bulhão Pato being at the top of many appetizer choices.
This dish is named after a 19th-century Spanish poet, Bulhão Pato. He was living around Lisbon and loved these clams so much that he boasted about it to anyone who would listen.
The sauce is made with clam juice, white wine, and garlic to create an amazing flavor.
Frango no Churrasco
This dish is a traditional Portuguese chicken that has been marinated in lemon juice and garlic.
It is then grilled on charcoal until it becomes crispy, while the juices from inside remain juicy. This makes for a hearty meal with many proteins to keep you full!
Normally, it is served with french fries, rice, and a simple salad.
Frango no Churrasco literally means Grilled Chicken in Portuguese.
The Portuguese have developed a taste for snails, just like the inhabitants of other Latin countries.
Caracóis is traditionally cooked in butter and garlic broth and either sucked through the shell or fished out with a toothpick.
This Portuguese dish is usually eaten with friends while watching a sporting event on television.
Popular summer dishes in Lisbon include sardines, which are eaten particularly during the All Saints Week in June.
The Portuguese capital Lisbon is famous for its annual St Anthony Festival, which sees the city closed to traffic and full of joy, music, and grilled sardines are eaten on bread.
Lisboetas love sardines so much that cloth-stuffed sardine souvenirs can be purchased in many places around the city.
One of Lisbon’s most iconic street foods is the bifana, a grilled pork sandwich.
The meat is cut thin, and it is usually marinated for a few hours or overnight in a spicy, garlic sauce. It is often served with red peppers.
Cozido à Portuguesa
Portuguese food places an emphasis on flavor, tradition, and comfort. One traditional dish to try is cozido, which provides a medley of these three things.
Traditionally, a cozido is a mix of boiled potatoes, carrots, sausages, cabbage, leafy greens, and beans. Some venues also include pig ears and feet in this dish.
Arroz de Marisco
For centuries the Portuguese have grown and valued rice, which is still one of their most important grains today.
Portuguese cuisine heavily relies on seafood. Arroz de Marisco is a combination of rice and shellfish cooked in tomato sauce.
This dish usually contains shrimp, crab, clams, and mussels spiced with traditional Portuguese flavors like garlic, piri-piri spice.
This traditional soup is characterized by its simplicity. It’s made with potatoes, onions, garlic and a big bunch of kale cooked together in broth or water. The only seasoning used is salt.
Caldo Verde has been called the national dish of Portugal because it’s served everywhere from cafes to restaurants to home kitchens.