14 Authentic Portuguese Recipes


These 14 genuine Portuguese recipes are the basic ones we return to repeatedly. The solely difficult half is determining which one to make first.

A platter of rissois de Camarao--or Portuguese shrimp turnovers--with one turnover cut open resting on top.

Portuguese shrimp turnovers, or rissóis de camarão, are a standard appetizer (or, let’s face it, any-time-of-day nosh) that ship the homey consolation of being in your Portuguese grandma’s kitchen. Even if you happen to by no means had a Portuguese grandma.


A white bowl of caldo verde, or Portuguese kale soup with thinly sliced kale and a single chorizo coin floating in the center.

Portuguese kale soup, caldo verde, is one thing you’ll expertise actually in all places in Portugal, from Lisbon’s trendiest eating places to farmhouses scattered on the fringe of villages. Understandably so. Its easy but sustaining character is appreciated in all places.


This was such a scrumptious soup! Hearty and satisfying- particularly throughout our chilly Chicago winter. I added half the chorizo again in earlier than utilizing an immersion blender to partially puree the soup, leaving some good chunks of potato in there.

I agree with different reviewers that the flavour improves the following day. I additionally made Portuguese corn bread to go together with the soup.–Sasha

Rating: 5 out of 5.

A white bowl of Portuguese clams with vinho verde in a olive oil and garlic sauce, garnished with cilantro.

This clam dish is a basic. It has a protracted historical past in Portugal and for good motive: It’s scrumptious. Portuguese dwelling cooking is distinguished by its gutsy soulfulness. If you are the kind who seasons liberally, style first. This dish is loads salty and filled with taste. 



Bifanas are conventional Portuguese sandwiches made with skinny slices of pork which can be marinated and simmered in a sauce of white wine, garlic, and paprika and served on smooth rolls with loads of mustard and piri-piri sauce.


This bifanas recipe is very easy and scrumptious! There’s nothing extra satisfying than a superb bifana. I can’t wait to strive David’s papo secos recipe!–Linda V.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Five links of common Portuguese sausages, including homemade chouriço, hanging from hooks on a wooden dowel

If the concept of creating do-it-yourself Portuguese chouriço appears daunting, worry not. With a bit time and endurance, you may be rewarded with a smoky cured sausage that rivals something from the Portuguese market.


A blue bowl filled with Portuguese pork with clams and fried potato cubes.

This mixture of Portuguese pork and clams, also called porco Alentejana, is a perfectly comforting and oh-so-satisfying dish of marinated pork shoulder and briny clams in a white wine and pink pepper sauce.


This Portuguese pork and clams dish was one in every of my grandmother’s specialties. She by no means shared her recipe however her pork was at all times so tender. For years I’ve tried to recreate it, and that is by far the closest I’ve ever come. Thank you! What a deal with!–Bethany

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Portuguese smashed potatoes covered with minced garlic, olive oil, and salt, on a blue pottery plate.

This in style however easy potato dish might be made on brief discover. Waxy potatoes like Red Bliss, Idaho bakers, or new potatoes all work effectively on this recipe. If uncooked garlic is an excessive amount of for you, give it a fast sizzle in a skillet to tame it.


Several cooked papo-secos on a wire rack.

These papo secos are mild and ethereal Portuguese rolls which can be the proper car for the basic –marinated pork slices–or your favourite sandwich fillings or just a smear of butter.


Three pasteis de nata on a slate background sprinkled with powder sugar.

This pastéis de nata recipe makes as-close-to-authentic Portuguese custard tarts with a wealthy egg custard nestled in shatteringly crisp pastry. Tastes like dwelling, even if you happen to’re not from Portugal. Inspired by a recipe from Alfama Restaurant.


I’ve made the pasteis de nata recipe AT LEAST 10 instances. All my household and mates LOVE them. I like so as to add further cinnamon sugar, and I normally have further dough left over. Love this recipe So a lot, THANK YOU!–Tui

Rating: 5 out of 5.

A jar of Portuguese tomato jelly with a small tomato next to it.

This Portuguese tomato jelly, made with contemporary tomatoes, sugar, water, and a few endurance, is a favourite Portuguese candy and savory condiment. It’s excellent for serving with cheesand crackers.


A white serving platter filled with Portuguese rice pudding and topped with toasted pistachios and cinnamon.

This Portuguese dessert, made by cooking rice with complete milk infused with citrus and cinnamon and making it like custard with the addition of egg yolks, is creamy and comforting.


A Portuguese orange olive oil cake, dusted with confectioners' sugar on a silver cake stand.

This Portuguese orange olive oil cake has an unforgettably tender crumb and a citrus smack because of fruity olive oil, winter navel oranges, and orange zest.


Orange cake is my husbands’ all time favourite cake, and I’ve made loads of orange desserts. This is by far probably the most AMAZING orange cake I’ve ever tasted! Delicious and moist crumb with such an fragrant taste. I’m without end grateful to you for sharing the recipe and can by no means have to strive one other orange cake recipe once more.–Maribel

Rating: 5 out of 5.

A log of chocolate salami with two slices cut from the end on a white rectangular platter.

This chocolate salami is a simple, conventional Portuguese no-bake dessert made with butter, confectioners’ sugar, cocoa powder, tea cookies, and Port wine. It might be custom-made along with your favourite nuts or dried fruits, and is made forward of time, so it’s supreme for entertaining.


A red pot filled with sonhos dusted with cinnamon sugar and one cut Portuguese doughnut resting beside the bowl.

Sonhos are orbs of fried dough which can be much like choux pastry or cream puffs but simpler to make. Crisp exterior, ethereal inside, and with the proper sweetness from a fast roll by way of cinnamon sugar. A Portuguese basic.


Originally printed January 24, 2021

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