If you’ve never been to Portugal, then you might not be aware of all of the delicious breakfast foods that the country has to offer.
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Portuguese food doesn’t get as much press as many of the other great world cuisines, but trust us when we say that Portuguese food is just as delicious as French, Italian, and Mexican food (some of our favorites!). But it’s not just about Portuguese dinner options. Portuguese breakfast foods are just as good.
Diving into the world of Portuguese cuisine, you might be amazed by the diversity of flavors and unique combinations found in their breakfast recipes. Rooted in a rich history and embracing its maritime connections, Portugal’s breakfast dishes offer a scrumptious start to your day, satisfying both your taste buds and your appetite.
As you explore these traditional recipes, you will notice the prominence of fresh ingredients and a beautiful blend of sweet and savory elements. This culinary journey will not only introduce you to Portugal’s cultural heritage but also provide you with delightful meal ideas for your own morning ritual.
So, gather your cooking tools and get ready to embark on an appetizing adventure through the treasure trove of Portuguese breakfasts. From pastries to hearty fare, these mouth-watering dishes are sure to become a staple in your breakfast rotation, impressing both your family and yourself.
In this article, I will cover 16 easy Portuguese breakfast recipes. So, next time you’re feeling adventurous in the kitchen, you have a few recipes to choose from.
Keep reading to find out more.
Portuguese sweet bread is light and sweet, and is sure to become a breakfast favorite.
Dissolve yeast in warm water. Mix sugar, hot milk, butter, and salt together in a large bowl, stirring until butter melts. When cooled to lukewarm, beat in eggs and yeast mixture. Beat 5 cups of flour into liquid to make a smooth dough.
Knead the dough until smooth, and place in a buttered bowl until it has doubled in size.
Form dough into desired loaves. Place your formed loaves on a buttered baking sheet. Cover loaves and set in a warm place to rise again for about an hour.
Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown.
You’re likely familiar with ham and cheese melts, and the Portuguese have their own version called tosta mista that is a super soft, warm bun that has a crunchy, herby top!
Cut the rolls or buns in halves and spread the butter on both inside parts of the bread.
Layer them with ham, cheese, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Brush the tops of the rolls with beaten egg and sprinkle it with the oregano. This will give your rolls a beautifully golden color.
Place the sandwiches in the oven until the cheese is melted.
Serve hot and tuck in!
There’s nothing like a bowl of hearty porridge to fill you up in the morning, and papas also known as Portuguese porridge does just that!
Papas is warm and sweet like oat porridge, but is instead made with flour.
Mix milk, sugar, and salt into a saucepan and bring to a boil.
Slowly sift in flour while continuously whisking to avoid clumping.
The mixture will begin to thicken, and you should remove it from the stove once the porridge is thick and creamy.
Sprinkle generously with cinnamon. Serve while warm.
You best believe that French toast is delicious in any country, and Portuguese French toast is no different.
Whisk together the eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange rind.
Cut the bread into seven or eight slices and lay them overlapping in a large baking dish.
Pour the egg mixture over the bread, covering every slice.
The bread should not be entirely submerged though; the higher parts should become toasted and crispy.
Dot the bread with butter. Bake in the oven for 35 to 45 minutes until the custard is set.
Serve warm! Delicious.
These Portuguese baked eggs are super simple and taste very similar to the Middle Eastern dish, Shakshuka.
Saute onions and peppers in a skillet until softened and season.
Add the garlic cloves, crushed red pepper, chili powder, and paprika and stir, cooking until fragrant. Add the jalapeno peppers, diced tomatoes, and the juice from the whole tomatoes.
Add in the stems of fresh basil and oregano, press them into the sauce with a spoon, and bring the sauce to a simmer.
Make 6 holes in the sauce, and place ricotta cheese followed by an egg in each hole.
Sprinkle the cheddar and Parmesan cheeses evenly over the top and pop the pan into the preheated oven. Bake and serve with bread!
For the best start to your day, why not try making a Portuguese sausage frittata?
Saute the chourico in a skillet until lightly browned and transfer to a bowl.
Saute the onion, peppers, and potatoes in the same skillet and season. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant. Transfer to the chourico bowl.
Beat the eggs and season, and pour over the chourico mixture. Gently toss to combine.
Heat vegetable oil in the skillet, and pour in the egg mixture. Run the spatula around the sides to stop it sticking.
Cook and serve with a sprinkling of fresh parsley!
Bolo do caco is a unique bread that is both sweet and savory!
To start, bake the sweet potatoes. When cooled, mash them into a puree.
Combine yeast, salt, and water and let sit for 10 minutes.
Pour a flour mound onto the table, and make a small dent in it.
Pour water and sweet potato puree in the center of the flour and knead to form a dough.
Let the dough rest until it doubles in size. Cut into 5 pieces and let it rest another 30 minutes.
Form the dough into discs and cook each side until the bolo do caco is ready.
For the garlic butter, combine butter, coriander, and garlic and spread on your bolo do caco when warm!
Coffee is hugely important in many cultures, and once you try this Portuguese style mocha, it’s not hard to see why! This is a super easy recipe to replicate, as there are no fancy frothers required.
Simply heat milk in the microwave. Once the milk is warm, combine with the espresso.
Add a dash of cocoa powder and sugar. Stir everything until it is well combined.
This Portuguese jam is perfect to pair with your morning toast or biscuits.
Wash and peel the figs. Combine the figs, sugar and the cinnamon stick in a saucepan. Stir with a spoon and simmer over low heat until the mixture thickens, stirring occasionally.
You will know when it is ready if you pass a wooden spoon in the bottom of the saucepan and it leaves a trail.
Turn off the heat, remove the cinnamon stick and let cool to room temperature.
Reserve the jam in an airtight glass jar.
Broa de milho is a sourdough cornbread that is known for its distinct cracks.
Combine corn flour with boiling water and stir until well combined. Let it cool to room temperature.
Add bread flour, salt, sourdough starter and knead the dough by hand until it forms a bread dough
Form the dough to a boule and press it down slightly. Make sure the ball has a smooth surface
Spray the top of the dough with a water mister and sprinkle it with rice flour.
Bake the first 20 minutes on 500°F, then turn it down to 445°F. Keep baking for another 25 minutes or so.
Serve warm with butter and enjoy!
If you’re a big fan of pears, then you’re sure to love this Portuguese pear jam. To make this pear jam, you will follow pretty much the same process with the addition of liquor.
Simply start off by washing, peeling, and cutting the pears into small pieces.
In a saucepan, combine the pear pieces, sugar, a cinnamon stick, and the liquor. Heat over low heat about 30 to 35 minutes until thickens slightly, stirring occasionally.
Turn off the heat, remove the cinnamon stick and let cool completely.
Smother a generous amount of butter on some toast or bread and pair with this deliciously sweet, sticky jam.
12. Pao De Deus
Pao de deus translates to ‘bread of God’. The inside is soft and fluffy, whereas the outside features a delicious coconut crust.
Combine milk, sugar, water, and yeast and let stand for 5 minutes. Add eggs, rum, vanilla, sugar, and lemon zest.
Add flour and salt and beat the mixture until a dough forms. Begin kneading.
Add the butter and continue kneading. Grease a bowl and place the dough inside. Cover with a cloth and let rest for 1 hour.
Combine the ingredients for the coconut crust.
Divide the dough, and form round buns. Put them in a greased tray and brush with the beaten egg. Let stand for 45 minutes.
Add the coconut crust on top of each bread, being careful not to flatten the rolls.
Bake until golden brown.
It doesn’t get much more refreshing than fruit and yogurt for breakfast! This super simple recipe couldn’t be more quick and convenient to make on those days when you don’t have a lot of time to spare.
Simply start by peeling the pineapple and papaya and cut the fruit into pieces.
Place the fruit in a serving bowl. Add a generous dollop of yogurt, and add cereal to add a crunchy texture into the mix. Sprinkle with seeds and drizzle with honey.
Mix everything together and enjoy! Delicious.
A Portuguese galao is very similar to a latte, with one part espresso and three parts hot milk. Portugal is a nation of coffee lovers, so it makes sense that it offers super yummy coffee drinks.
Begin by grinding your espresso beans finely and preparing your coffee machine.
Pull two shots of espresso.
Heat the milk in a saucepan on the stove. Use medium-low heat and stir frequently to keep it from burning! Once warm, whisk it or place it in a milk frother.
Pour the milk and espresso into your coffee mug. Sweeten your coffee to taste.
Enjoy the delicious taste of Portuguese coffee!
Did someone say tacos for breakfast? These Portuguese sausage breakfast tacos are the perfect way to start your day.
Place your habaneros in the freezer. Once they are solid, thinly slice them widthwise and they should have a beautiful star shape!
Whisk your eggs, before pouring them into a skillet with butter. Stir them continuously until they come together, and season with salt and pepper
Slice up your Portuguese sausage and drop them into a pan until they are crusty on all sides.
Grill your corn tortillas until they are warm. Place your eggs on the tortilla, coat with the eggs and habaneros.
Serve with cheese, hot sauce, and any other toppings of your choice!
If you’re looking for a hearty meal to keep you full until lunch, this Portuguese breakfast skillet is perfect.
Saute the sausage, onion, and garlic until the onion is tender, and the sausage is brown.
Stir in tomatoes, bell pepper, tomato puree, pimento and ground red pepper. Bring to boil, then simmer uncovered until the liquid has almost evaporated.
Heat vegetable oil in a skillet. Add chopped potatoes, turn heat to high and allow to cook.
Stir the potatoes. Cover and cook for another 3-4 minutes. Add sausage mixture on top of potatoes and toss.
Carefully break 2-6 eggs on top of the mixture, garnish with peas and bake in a 375 degree oven until the eggs are set.
Sprinkle it with paprika and serve!
16 Easy Portuguese Breakfast Recipes (+Portuguese Coffee Espresso)
- 1 large carafe espresso
- 1 cup whole milk or milk substitute
- 1 Tbsp. powdered cocoa
- 2-3 Tbsp. granulated sugar
- Heat the whole milk in a double boiler or the microwave.
- Add the espresso to the hot milk.
- Stir in the granulated sugar and cocoa powder.
- Stir well and serve hot.
Organize all the required ingredients.
Enjoy the food.