THE TRADITIONAL PORTUGUESE FOOD
The hearty Portuguese dishes are made with meat, seafood, legumes, and vegetables as they are very important in the local cuisine. The food in Portugal is a Mediterranean-based cuisine that uses a wide variety of spices, many of which are locally produced.
Some of the most important spices include piri-piri, clove, paprika, cumin, and allspice. Besides, garlic and onions are also widely used next to herbs like bay leaf, rosemary, oregano, and coriander.
Olive oil is used as a base in numerous Portuguese dishes, either for cooking, as for flavoring meals.
Best Portuguese Food
Even though Portuguese cuisine is not as known as other cuisines like Italian, Spanish and French, it has a gastronomic variety and very unique taste.
The Portuguese gastronomy is based on regional produce and on the freshness of the products, so it varies from region to region. What can be found almost everywhere across Portugal is fresh fish and shellfish.
However, meat is a very important part of the Portuguese cuisine because the geographical location allows the farming of pigs and cows. Besides, the Portuguese people are proud of using the entire animal and making sure nothing goes to waste.
The traditional Portuguese food is one of the greatest in Europe
There are hundreds of different Portuguese dishes, maybe thousands, especially if you consider that there are more than 365 ways to cook bacalao only.
As a nation of seafarers, the Portuguese have a strong bond with the ocean. And this fact deeply influences the country’s cuisine. Nowadays eating seafood is a summer ritual, and the best way to do it is by the coast with some friends and a glass of wine.
Caught just a few hours away from the coast, the Portuguese seafood is famous for its unique flavor. There’s a widespread variety of typical seafood from Algarve like the clams, mussels, crabs, and percebes.
Photo: Typical Portuguese Fish Stew.
Eat Clams in Algarve Portugal
Bulhao Pato clams is a traditional dish in the Algarve region. This dish is made out of fresh clams that are cooked with garlic, coriander, onion, white wine and some olive oil. Usually, these clams are served with bread so you can finish its sauce. An interesting fact is that this dish commemorates the Portuguese poet Raimundo António de Bulhão Pato, which was very loved in the region.
Eating in the Algarve can become an unforgettable experience!
Photo: Cataplana de Bacalhau.
Try the Fried Cuttlefish
Together with roasted fish, the fried cuttlefish is the king in the Algarve gastronomy. There are many places that are cooking this typical mollusk of the region. The Algarvian fried cuttlefish is very popular and is ideal for eating in the summer with a cold drink.