Portuguese Recipes

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Captain Duarte's Salt Cod Cakes

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Based on my father-in-laws recipe, these fish cakes use salt cod. Trust me, it is worth the effort to find the salt cod. The slight saltiness of the cod brings out a whole new dimension of flavor. Who knows fish better than a Portuguese fishing Capt? Even Emeril would be proud! Serve with a good tartar sauce.

Arroz de Braga (Portuguese Rice)

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This is a popular rice dish from Portugal. The rice is cooked with ham, sausage, chicken thighs, red bell pepper, and cabbage.

Portuguese Shrimp

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Wonderful tasting shrimp. Easy to make.

Portuguese Muffins - Bolo Levedo

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These are tasty English muffin-like breads from Titia Teolinda in St Micheal, the Azores. They're baked on a griddle, like pancakes.

Bacalhau Portuguese ao Forno (Salt Cod with Tomatoes and Olives)

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Portuguese recipe for baked cod with potatoes, tomatoes and lots of olive oil. You need to soak the cod in water overnight to remove the salt. Serve hot.

Mom's Portuguese Beef Stew

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This is a favorite home meal from my mom. My sister had to write while my mom cooked in order to get the recipe right. It's easy and will impress anyone. Serve steaming hot on a bed of white rice.

Portuguese Custard Tarts (Pasteis de Nata)

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This slightly streamlined recipe for the world-famous pasteis de nata, or Portuguese custard tarts, uses just few basic ingredients but requires numerous steps and a certain amount of finesse. The results are so worth it, though, you'll want to make a double batch. The extra moisture inside the sticky dough, activated by a very hot oven, creates the signature flaky, buttery, crispy crust, which encases a custard subtly scented with lemon, cinnamon, and vanilla.

Caldo Verde (Portuguese Green Soup)

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This soup is a Portuguese favorite of mine. It is a creamy soup with the wonderful use of kale, giving it the green soup look. Enjoy it with a thick slice from your favorite loaf of bread!

Easy Shrimp Mozambique

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Shrimp Mozambique is zesty shrimp in a saffron and garlic-based sauce. Great served over rice.

Portuguese Custard Tarts - Pasteis de Nata

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These are delicious Portuguese Custard Tarts.

Portuguese Sweet Bread I

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This recipe is for the bread machine. It is similar to homemade grandmother's sweet bread.


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Aloha! Here in Hawaii, malasadas are the ONLY donuts we have! They are sold at fundraisers and are very popular. There are many Portuguese descendants in the islands. Onolicious!

Inspiration and Ideas

Portuguese Steamed Clams

Spicy linguica sausage—or Spanish chorizo, in a pinch—flavors the savory white wine broth. Serve with crusty bread for dipping.

Chef John's Caldo Verde

See how to make this delicious and good-for-you soup.

Codfish with Cream

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This a traditional Portuguese way of cooking codfish, from the capital city of Lisbon. In a country with a large tradition of making codfish in several ways, this is, for me, the most delicious and sinful way of eating this wonderful fish. Taste it and you will see!