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This is a useful Portuguese to English glossary and menu decoder. Print it out and use it on your next trip to Portugal. Bom apetite!

Cooking Methods

assado – roasted
caseiro – home-made
cozido – boiled
espetada – on the spit
estufada – stewed
frito – fried
grelhado – grilled
brasa – on the charcoal
churrasco – barbecued
no forno – in the oven


ãgua – water
batido – milk-shake
cerveja – beer
sumo – juice
vinho tinto – red wine
vinho branco – white wine
com gelo – with ice


atum – tuna
bacalhau – codfish
cavala – mackerel
cherne – stone bass
enguias – eels
linguado – sole
lulas – squid
pargo – sea bream
peixe – fish
pescada – hake
polvo – octopus
raia – skate
sardinhas – sardines
salmão – salmon
salmonete – red mullet
truta – trout


bife – steak
borrego – lamb
cabrito – goat
carne – meat
coelho – rabbit
entrecosto – rib
fiambre – ham
frango – chicken
iscas – liver
leitão – baby pork
lïngua – tongue
pato – duck
peru – turkey
porco – pork
salsichas – sausages
vaca – beef
vitela – veal

Sea Food

ameijoas – clams
berbigões – cockles
camarões – shrimps
gambas – king prawns
lagosta – lobster
marisco – seafood
mexilhões – mussels
ostras – oysters
sapateira – crab

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