With its location on the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon has a never-ending bounty of fresh seafood ready for the taking. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that Portuguese cuisine is  heavily fish-based, but when you see that they have 365 ways of cooking cod (one for every day of the year!), it’s hard to deny that they are true fish connoisseurs.

While fish is the country’s national dish, Lisbon offers a wide range of gastronomic delights, from the rolling mountains in the north to the plains of the south. Here are eight hearty dishes that you must try in order to explore all that Lisbon has to offer!

Expand Your Taste with Lisbon Cuisine

1. Bacalhau A Bras

Kicking off our list with Bacalhau, because let’s be honest, we can’t not mention cod when talking about Portugal! Out of the numerous ways to cook salted cod, you’ll find that the “Bras style” is a particular favorite in Lisbon. With shredded cod sautéed in a pan, complete with onions, straw fried potatoes, eggs, garlic and parsley, this dish is the taste of the whole country on one plate!

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2. Cozido A Portuguesa

Calling all meat lovers! Portuguese stews may not be the most aesthetic dishes on the menu, but they are definitely worth a try. The Portuguese are known to use every part of an animal so that no meat goes to waste.

 In Lisbon you will find meaty bombs of beef, pork, chicken and a variety of their derivatives. Make sure to try fish or wild boar stew while you are visiting. They are local delicacies!

3. Caldo Verde

If you’re traveling anywhere in Portugal, you have to try caldo verde at least once. The most traditional of Portuguese soups, this is the ultimate comfort food dish!

 A simple mix of potato, onions, and shredded kale, cooked in nothing but garlic and olive oil, this simply stunning dish will often be served with a slice of smoked pork sausage. All is left to do is dip and enjoy!

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4. Alheira

Although “alheira” is translated into “sausage,” it is so much more than that; it is the fascinating history behind it that makes eating it an experience. Originally created by the Jewish population Portugal to fool others into thinking they were eating pork, these sausages can now be found in any corner eatery in Lisbon.

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5. Polvo à Lagareiro

Praised as one of the best meals in the country, you can’t leave Lisbon without trying polvo à lagareiro (octopus). The simplicity of this dish is to be admired. 

The most common way to cook it is to boil a whole octopus before roasting it in the oven with plenty of garlic and olive oil. You will find this popular dish in any city in the country, so surely if the locals love it, it’s guaranteed to be delicious!

6. Arroz de Cabidela

Loosely translated to “chicken blood rice,” this dish is definitely not for the faint-hearted! As the name suggests, chicken or rabbit meat is cooked in its own blood, resulting in a greyish-brown rice dish. If you can look past its unusual appearance, the meal rather tasty!

Due to EU culinary restrictions, your best bet to find authentic cabidela is if you eat with local.

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7. Ameijoas A Bulhao Pato 

More than a meal, clams in the Bulhao Pato style are a very popular appetizer; they are also particularly enjoyed as a snack with an ice-cold beer. Cooked in olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper and coriander, these exquisitely tender pieces of seafood are simply delicious! 

To enjoy the full experience of tasting clams, we highly recommend dipping bread into the remaining juices, you can thank us later.

8. Arroz Doce

The perfect end to our Lisbon food list is with something for your sweet-tooth! One of the most popular and traditional desserts in the country, there is no better way to finish a meal in Lisbon than with this sweet and creamy egg-based rice pudding. 

With caramel custard and a sprinkle of cinnamon to finish, this is another simple delicacy that will give leave your mouth watering!

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