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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!

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Easy Portuguese recipes

Chunky cod fritters with aïoli

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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Chunky Portuguese cod fritters

Bacalhau à brás

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.

Egg yolk on top of cod and rice

Portuguese halibut com piri-piri

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.

A silver platter with a halibut dish on top of it

Peri peri chicken traybake

Chicken is flavoured with a peri peri marinade in this simple but effective traybake.

a silver oven tray filed with chicken topped with chopped herbs and lemon wedges

Portuguese custard tarts

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.

Portuguese custard tarts on a cooling rack

Portuguese seafood rice

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.

Portuguese seafood rice

Portuguese-style fish stew (caldeirada de peixe)

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.

Portuguese Fish stew

Febras assadas (barbecued pork) on chips with lemon and mayo

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.

Febras assadas (Portuguese barbecued pork) served with lemon and mayo on chips

Fish fofos

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.

Fish Fofos Recipe

Prego sandwich with green piri-piri

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.

Portuguese Prego Steak Sandwich

Grilled sardines

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.

Grilled Portuguese Sardines served on an oval blue plate

Piri-piri chicken and winter slaw

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.

Piri Piri Chicken Recipe With Winter Slaw

Spring onion and prawn empanadas

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.

Prawn Empanadas Recipe with Spring Onions

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