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Clams Bulhão Pato Style

Clams Bulhao Pato Style has a fantastic story. Bulhão Pato was a poet from the 19th century .  He is better known from a dish that he didn’t even create. Seems curious?

Raimundo António de Bulhão Pato, born in Bilbau from a Portuguese father and a Spanish mother, will always remain in history linked to a Portuguese seafood dish with his name: Clams Bulhão Pato Style.Clams Bulhao Pato Style

Living a bohemian life style, gourmet, game and food, was a regular customer of some restaurants and taverns of the Portuguese capital. It was for sure in one of them, that he first ate what made in popular, not by creating it but by spreading the word about it!

It is known that the poet lived till his death in Monte da Caparica, near Trafaria in the South Bank of the Tagus river, a place that remains as one of the best spots to catch really good and fresh clams.

Although the recipe of Clams Bulhao Pato Style is actually very simple, the quality of the ingredients has an important role in the final result.

The poet might not be known for his poems, but since you taste this dish you will never forget it!

Clams Bulhao Pato Style recipe


1kg Clams
1dl Olive Oil
2 Garlic Cloves (sliced)
150g Cilantro (minced)
1 lemmon
1 pinch of salt
2 tbsp White Wine
1 pinch of pepper


Leave the Clams for 3 hours in a pan with water and salt, so they can release the sand. Use a large pan, add the olive oil and the garlic and let it warm um in the fire.

Add the cilantro, the white wine, and, after boiling, the clams. Season with salt and pepper. Stir everything. Close with a lit and cook in medium heat, till the clams open their shells.

When the sauce thickened a little bit and all the clams opened their shells, put them on a serving plate. Sprinkle with the lemon juice. Use the lemon slices to decorate the dish.
Serve with bread.

Codfish Minhota Style Recipe

Codfish  Minhota Style is based on Salted Codfish which is important for the Portuguese gastronomy, even its not available on the local shore.  Portuguese are the main consumers of cod with more than 6 kgs per year / person.

Codfish Minhota Style Recipe

Only on XIX century the ingredient started to be common on Portuguese cookbooks. Olive oil is important also along the codfish. It gives an amazing flavor during the cooking process or as decoration and taste when served.

Visiting Portugal, you will have available hundreds of dishes available based on codfish. Other main ingredients on the most of the recipes are: onions, olive oil, salt and bayleaf.

Codfish Minhota Style Recipe is often made on the cooking classes at Cooking Lisbon as a Portuguese cooking experience for foreigners.

Codfish Minhota Style Recipe

(for 4 people)


4 codfish stands
4 small onions
1 red bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
8 potatoes
4 cups flours
4 tablespoons paprika
1L olive oil
Salt and black pepper to taste


1. Season the codfish stands with salt and black pepper to taste.
2. Peel and slice the onions. Take the seeds out from the bell peppers and cut them into slices.
3. Cover the bottom of a pan with olive oil and the onion, season them with salt and pepper to taste, cook them in medium heat until soften and golden. Take them out and cook the bell peppers in the same olive oil till tender.
4. Peel and slice the potatoes thinly, deep fry them in olive oil until golden and crunchy.
Put the flour and paprika together.
5. Coat the codfish stands with the flour and deep fry them in the same olive oil where you cooked the potatoes. Take the stands out when golden and tender.

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Salted Codfish

Salted codfish have na huge important role in the Portuguese gastronomy. Nowadays each Portuguese eat around 6,5Kg salted codfish a year.

We may cook it in a lot of different ways, so many that we say that we have 1001 salted codfish recipes. What is odd is that we don’t have codfish in our coast so all the cod that we eat is imported.

Salted codfish cooking lisbon

What makes the cod National Portuguese dish is the technique that we use to preserve it, which consist in dry the codfish with salt.

Then when we want to cook it we need to soak it in water for 2 or 3 days, changing the water twice a day.

But why are we cod addicts? Researchers say state that during the XIV century Portugal establish an authorization with the Denmark kingdom to fish in their waters.

Also important was the deal between D. Afonso IV of Portugal and Edward III of England. Made in 1353 allowed the Portuguese’s to fish in the waters controlled by that king.

Researchers also say that we fish cod since the XV century in Newfoundland on the east Canada cost. During the XVI century we even establish little fisherman’s colonies coming from the north Portugal and Azores island.

At that time a trip between Canada and Portugal took a lot of time. Fisherman’s needed to find a way to preserve the cod during the trip and salt was the answer.

But why did we need so many fish? Because during the medieval period Portugal was obliged by the church to do a meat fasting during 132 an year.

The rich people used to buy church leaflets to be free from this rule but the poor’s didn’t have that option.

During the winter it was impossible to fish due to the violent sea. Codfish appeared as an easy and cheap solution since salting the cod was a way to preserve it.

Salted Codfish on Christmas Season

One of the fasting periods was during the Christmas. Maybe this is the reason why the salted codfish is our Christmas national dish. This tradition have its origins at Minho (north Portuguese coast) where the codfish arrived first.

However the codfish recipes just started to appear on the Portuguese cookbooks during the XIX century.

During this century also the potato became really common in Portugal brought from South America.

Nowadays most of the codfish recipes incorporate them. The other ingredient that we always use with the cod is the olive oil.

What can be a Portuguese cooking experience?

A Portuguese cooking experience happens 7 days per week in Lisbon. The Portuguese capital receives thousands of people everyday. They arrive from all Continents since they have origin on different countries

What can you expect from a Portuguese cooking experience is something unique. A blend of knowledge on Portuguese Traditional culinary and conventual sweets. Singular trips to the world of flavors. A journey during centuries because the influence of the Age of Discoveries is present on Portuguese traditions.

Foreigners that visit Portugal will discover amazing fresh seafood because Portuguese have it fresh six days per week. Our tip is that you avoid seafood dishes on Mondays, since fisherman don´t fish on Sundays.

Green peas with poached eggs

It is also strange from a huge percentage of foreigners that Portuguese are the main consumers of codfish . Some of the most typical cod fish dishes are Codfish Brás Style, Codfish with Cream or even Codfish Zé do Pipo Style ( Recipe available online ) .

A Portuguese cooking experience can be also meat. If you are a meat lover, you will be happy to know that the locals consume mainly Pork and chicken . However, Portugal has an amazing diversity of dishes based on rabbit, beef , duck ( Duck Rice for example ).

Market Tour, Fish Cataplana, Portugal

The local gastronomy will be excellent also for gluten or lactose intolerants. You will have so many options available that to choose the best, is real the issue.

Vegans will have problems to taste the real food based on Portuguese traditional gastronomy. Conventual sweets are egg based and most of the dishes have meat or seafood (and in some cases both, for example Pork Meat Alentejo Style ( mixing pork meat with clams ).Portuguese cooking experience

What can be a Portuguese Cooking Experience ?

First of all the respect for health restrictions and religious restrictions. You will be able to choose between a Seafood Experience (tuesdays), Market Tour with Cooking Class (thursdays and saturdays) or a Cooking Class (tuesdays, wednesdays, fridays and sundays ) .

It will have moments to learn how to cook. Classes where everyone will develop their skills while learn something about Portugal, the Portuguese and cooking.

Social moments with other people and a professional chef to follow. During the classes, you will be able to share your experiences as travel.

Cooking Lisbon classes become unique for several items, main concern? People visiting Portugal that would love to learn something about our culture, spots, gastronomy, history among other subjects.

Be a explorer! Travel with us to the World of flavors, on a real Portuguese cooking experience based on Portuguese traditional gastronomy and / or conventual sweets .

Best Instagram videos while Cooking

Best Instagram videos while cooking, thats the start for this post that we would love to share with you. On every class people will taste, cook and eat what they made.

We select these three short videos shared on Instagram . Why this three? They represent several situations at Cooking Lisbon during the regular classes or groups events.

Pavlova video, Portuguese have an huge amount of sweets and conventual sweets . However, we choose this one since most of people on the private groups is the number 1 choice.

During our food experiences for Portuguese groups its interesting that most of the locals choose this option. Based on egg whites ( mainly ) has also one reduction.

Portugal is on the top 3 of Olive Oil production while Spain and Italy have the first two positions of the rank. During all cooking experiences, Olive Oil from Gallo is always present and you will be able to taste it.

Besides three premium Olive Oil products from Gallo Worldwide, you will feel the flavours of the Portuguese chorizo.

A meat dish is always a great moment at our facilities. We had it as one of the Best Instagram Video because people think Portuguese only consumes pork . In fact, we consume several meats and on the video you will find the base for an amazing Chicken on the Pot .

Do you use Instagram? Great ! Share your best Instagram videos with food. It doesn´t matter if it is the main course or a dessert. Share it !

You can follow Instagram Cooking Lisbon account, where we share the best Instagram videos of our experiences.