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Bacalhau: where to eat the best salt cod dishes in Lisbon

  Here in Portugal, in cod we trust. Even though cod is not a fish that was ever found on the Portuguese coastline, which happens to indeed be rich in other species, no one can deny that this is one of the quintessential ingredients of Portuguese gastronomy. The history of how cod became popular in…

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May 7, 2022

For the love of cod: a historical look behind Portugal’s obsession with bacalhau

  If you have ever read about Portuguese food, you might have come across the statement that salted cod, known in Portuguese as bacalhau, is Portugal’s national dish. We could argue this, not only because we think that there are other dishes that better embody Portugal’s edible history, but also because cod is not a…

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April 16, 2022

The biggest misconceptions about Portuguese food

Whoever thought that Portuguese food is nothing much besides salted codfish and custard tarts was wrong. That would be the kind of person who perhaps also thinks that Portuguese dishes ought to be pretty much like Spanish food, even though the most Portuguese food they’ve ever eaten was paella. It’s easy to oversimplify when you…

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February 25, 2021

Bacalhau com broa – Portuguese Codfish with cornbread: recipe

Bread is an essential ingredient in the Portuguese food tradition. As such, we couldn’t help it but develop some dishes that blend our staple bread and our much beloved salted cod, bacalhau.  There are several recipes featuring bread and cod: bacalhau à brás,  açorda de bacalhau, tiborna de bacalhau, or the lovely gratin bacalhau espiritual….

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February 19, 2021

Bacalhau à Brás – Portuguese Codfish Recipe

  Bacalhau. Even though this word is Portuguese for cod the truth is that, when anyone says bacalhau here in Portugal, we are referring to salted cod, which for us is the default. The Portuguese love affair with salted cod has been going strong for over 500 years. Portuguese waters are abundant in fish, yet cod isn’t…

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June 9, 2020