Easter Food Traditions of Portugal



In Portugal, as you may know, food is like a religion. It is a known fact that one of the biggest attractions for many tourists and people moving over to live in Portugal is the scrumptious Portuguese meals.

Over the Easter festivities there are many traditional plates that people enjoy, but here is a list of 5 dishes that are full of tradition and that stand out:


Cod Fish

On Good Friday and in keeping with Portuguese tradition by abstaining from eating meat on this day, the Portuguese will surely be consuming many mouth-watering dishes of Cod Fish. You could say that Cod Fish is the holiest of dishes in Portugal.


Lamb or Baby Goat

Roast Lamb is usually the centrepiece of Portuguese tables on Easter Sunday. In other Portuguese tables around the country, especially in the North, cabrito or baby goat, is often served instead of lamb.


Folar da Páscoa

Folar da Páscoa is a traditional Portuguese Easter bread. It is a sweet yeast bread containing hard-boiled eggs in their shells under a cross made of dough. 
There are other variants to this delicious bread, which include the addition of cinnamon or lemon zest and being served as savoury bread. 
Whichever way this bread is made or served it is beloved by all of the Portuguese over Easter


Pão de Ló

Certainly one of the most cherished Portuguese Easter foods and one of the best-known desserts in Portugal is the cake called Pão de Ló.
It is a very light sponge cake made only with sugar, eggs, flour and lemon zest or a pinch of cinnamon.
This cake has its origins dating as far back as the 15th century and it even travelled to Japan in the 16th century with the Portuguese sailors where it was adopted by the Japanese and is today called Kasutera, and where it is still a very typical and popular treat today.



Almonds covered with sugar, and according to ancient tradition, are offered at Easter time as a small gift from godparents to their godchildren. In Portuguese tradition, Almonds are a symbol of fertility and renewal.