The Staple Dishes of Portuguese Cuisine

Portuguese cuisine is very different to Spanish tapas or any other European cuisine for that matter. It relies heavily on fresh fish and meats and is aromatic and flavorful. Here are some of the staple national dishes to try should you visit.


Feijoada is a Portuguese winter dish. It consists of bean stew with pork, sausages and veg. The dish is bursting with flavor and is usually garnished with paprika and garlic.

Sopa de Pedra

Sopa de Pedra translated to “stone soup.” It is the Portuguese version of a stew and often contains whatever meats, veg and beans are left in the cupboard at the end of the week.

Sardinhas Assadas

Sardinhas Assadas is essentially a platter of grilled sardines and is the equivalent of a grilled sticky or mac and cheese. It’s a major comfort food and is eaten all around the country. The heads tend to be kept intact.


Cozido revolves around slowly boiled meats and vegetables. Each region has its own variation, and it is a must-try if you want to experience authentic Portuguese cuisine.


Bacalhau is a traditional dish nicknamed “the faithful friend”. There are hundreds of ways to cook, the codfish but each is made with the national spirit of Portugal.