12 Popular Portuguese Dishes To Try in Portugal

Portugal has a vibrant history that helped shape its present-day culinary landscape. Some of the country’s most popular dishes date back to the early 16th century. 

Seafood paella

The Mediterranean and French palates heavily influenced early Portuguese cuisine, but local ingredients, herbs, and spices helped set it apart.

Now, Portugal is one of the world’s food capitals, where each region has unique dishes to offer. 

Whether you’re trying to get in the know before a trip or hoping to learn more about this country’s culture, this guide should help you navigate Portuguese cuisine.

Read on to learn about twelve popular Portuguese foods to try in Portugal, including recipes.

Which Portuguese Dish Will You Try First?

These Portuguese dishes are famous for good reason! If you liked these, try our favorite Portuguese desserts as well.

Check out our blog for other dishes from around the world, from Italian breakfast food to Haitian dishes!

12 Popular Portuguese Dishes To Try in Portugal

Seafood paella

Learn all about Portuguese cuisine with the most popular Portuguese foods. These traditional Portuguese dishes are a must-try if you visit Portugal!

Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


    1. Choose your favorite recipe.
    2. Gather the necessary ingredients.
    3. Prep and cook your recipe.
    4. Enjoy!

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  1. Great website, thanks for the great recipes… I’ll use them again in the future 😉 THANK YOU !!! Greetings from Germany

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Written by Erin Elizabeth

Erin is an editor and food writer who loves traveling and trying new foods and fun cocktails. Erin has been writing and editing professionally for 5 years since graduating from Temple University, and has been on the Restaurant Clicks team for 3 years. She has a long background working in the restaurant industry, and is an avid home chef and baker. Her favorite restaurants are those with spicy food and outdoor seating so that she can bring along her dog, Miss Piggy.