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Eat like A Local In Portugal: Traditional Portuguese Dishes To Try

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The Francesinha is a type of Portuguese sandwich that emerged in the city of Porto in Portugal. Whereas the literal translation of its name is ‘Little French Girl,’ the only thing that is “little” about it is the name itself. This delectable dish consists of a large sandwich filled with layers of beef steak, cured meat, and fresh sausages, topped with cheese, drizzled with beer sauce, and served with French fries on the side. Indeed, this is a dish that can satisfy your hungry stomach. It is believed to be a Portuguese adaptation of the French classic, the Croque-Monsieur, and is characterized by a high proportion of meat and carbohydrates. The title of “best Francesinha in Porto” is hotly contested, with numerous cafés, restaurants, and bars claiming to serve the best Francesinha in the city.

Caldeirada de Peixe (Fish Stew)

Restaurants and homes throughout Portugal serve this hearty fish stew, which is known as Caldeirada de Peixe (fish stew). Many Portuguese restaurants outside of Portugal also serve this delectable traditional dish–which is fortunate for me and for everyone else who longs for a taste of home-cooked comfort food. Caldeirada, a rustic fish stew from Portugal, is light and flavorful, and it is infused with saffron for an extra special touch.

Amêijoas à Bulhão Pato (Clams a la Bulhão Pato)

Amêijoas à Bulho Pato is a specialty of the city of Lisbon, and they are a must-try. It is served as an appetizer or as a main dish in the majority of restaurants in the beautiful Portuguese capital of Lisbon. 

In order to achieve the best flavor possible, the sauce for the clams is made with olive oil (which should be of high quality because it is the star ingredient), garlic, cilantro, salt and pepper, and occasionally, such as in this case, a splash of dry white wine to add even more flavor to the dish. After that, the juice of a lemon is drizzled over the dish before serving. 

Those from Lisbon and those who have returned from the Tagus river will exclaim with delight about the infinite pleasure of savoring amêijoas à Bulho Pato by the sea and finishing the dish with a good loaf of bread to soak up the wonderful juice of the clams that have been intimately mixed with the olive oil, garlic, cilantro, and other seasonings. The simple pleasures of life are what we refer to as such. An easy and quick recipe to prepare, but above all, one that is friendly and uncomplicated, and one that we enjoy sharing with friends and family.


This is not a dish for the faint of heart, but trust me when I say it’s delicious! In a small family-run restaurant in the picturesque mountain village of Piódo, it was clearly made with care and utmost attention. Rice and pork are cooked together in a pig’s stomach to create Bucho, which is a comforting dish. Surely, everyone can enjoy it, despite the fact that the name makes it sound more ominous than it actually is.


A suckling pig, usually between 4 and 6 weeks old and still nursing on its mother’s milk, that is basted and spit-roasted over a wood fire is known as Leitao in Portuguese. It’s absolutely delicious, and it’s considered to be one of Portugal’s top dishes. A Leitao restaurant is a foodie’s paradise, but it is a vegetarian’s worst nightmare.

This dish is traditionally served with batatas croquettes, fresh salad, and slices of citrus on the side once the suckling pork has been cooked. The dish is so well-liked in Portugal that a brotherhood of Leito da Bairrada cooks has been established.

What do you think about the listed Portuguese food? Would you mind giving it a try or the other way around? Please let us know in the comments about your thoughts and feel free to give us a heads up on what you want to see next. Happy eating, everyone!