13 Portuguese recipes
Enjoy the cuisine from this sun-soaked country at home with some of our favourite recipes, from sweet custard tarts to grilled sardines and vibrant seafood stews
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Create your own ultimate Portuguese feast. Start with easy empanadas and fish fofos before serving perfect piri-piri chicken or grilled sardines. Don't forget the custard tarts for pudding!
Tuck into your Portuguese food and escape to Portugal virtually with our foodie road trip in Alentejo.
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Easy Portuguese recipes
Pastéis de bacalhau are served everywhere in Portugal, from cafés to restaurants and school canteens. This version comes from London's TĀ TĀ Eatery and can be made in advance and frozen, so they're ready for a snack or unexpected guests.
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Bring Portuguese flavours to the table with this bacalhau à brás, a dish made from salted cod, black olives, sliced onions and egg. This recipe comes from Joia at Art’otel in London’s Battersea Power Station.
This hearty fish recipe, a cherished favourite on the menu at Lisboeta, Nuno Mendes' tribute to his hometown of Lisbon, is a delightful dish for sharing. The restaurant traditionally serves it with batatas a murro: 'punched' potatoes, caramelised onions, fresh parsley and a drizzle of olive oil. For ease we recommend pairing it with sautéed potatoes at home.
Chicken is flavoured with a peri peri marinade in this simple but effective traybake.
Make Portuguese custard tarts or "pastéis de nata" with step-by-step help from the olive test kitchen. Dusting the pastry with icing sugar gives the tarts a golden, caramelised crust when cooked.
A celebration of all things seafood, this colourful rice dish calls for plenty of paprika, garlic, mussels, king prawns and oregano. It's by Sabrina Ghayour and is inspired by her travels to Porto.
This seafood stew contains a mixture of squid, prawns, clams and mussels. It is a low-calorie recipe and makes several portions, perfect for the whole family to enjoy.
A Portuguese-style recipe for the BBQ. Pork loin is marinated in wine and smoked paprika before getting the grill treatment. Serve over thick-cut chips to soak up all those lovely juices.
These fish croquettes are based on the Portuguese fofos de bacalhau, made using salt cod. Goans have adapted this using boneless fish, potatoes, ground spices and chilli.
Check out our vibrant and punchy Portuguese-style prego sandwich. This simple recipe is served all over Portugal – the green piri-piri, although not traditional, gives a massive flavour boost.
Check out these sweet and peppery crispy sardines, ready in 20 minutes. These are great on a griddle, but will also work really well on the BBQ. Serve with a big green salad and lots of crusty bread.
Create your own Portuguese-style chicken, chips and slaw at home. Tip all of the spicy roasting tin juices into a bowl to serve alongside.
Empanadas are dough turnovers which originated in Portugal and are now also popular in many Latin American countries. Try these light prawn versions for a quick snack or starter.