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Portuguese Tapas (15 Tapas recipes to try at home)

Portuguese Tapas (15 Tapas recipes to try at home)

Portuguese Tapas

This blog post links to 15 Portuguese Tapas recipes to try at home. We have recently visited Porto in Portugal several times. We were amazed at the variation of tapas (petiscos) available in the bars and restaurants around the city.

This inspired me to put together some quick and easy tapas recipes that you can make yourself at home.


portuguese shrimp


This post links to different recipes you can combine to make a perfect tapas meal to enjoy with your guests.


Portuguese tapas are a delicious way to enjoy a variety of small dishes at once. These bite-sized snacks are perfect for sharing with friends and family, or simply to enjoy as a solo snack.

Tapas originated in Spain, and Portugal has taken the concept and made it their own.


portuguese tapas
Tapas at Bom Sucesso in Porto

Many Portuguese tapas feature seafood, given the country’s access to the Atlantic, which makes them especially tasty.

But there are plenty of other options, like chorizo, cured ham, cheese, olives, and empadas (savoury pastries filled with meats, cheeses, and vegetables). These you can combine on a platter and serve up to share.

couvert bacalhau

Portuguese tapas make for a great snack, appetizer, or full meal, and are sure to tantalize your taste buds!

The collection I link to here are all easy recipes available on my site. Combine a few of the options to create a delicious meal for your friends. (Note: They may not all be authentic Portuguese appetizers, but the inspiration for me certainly came from Portugal!)

Click on the pictures or the links below to go to the recipe.

15 Portuguese Tapas Recipes

1. Brie and Date Tapas

A simple tapas with some French cheese, or cheese of your choice, walnuts and dates on a bread base. Serve cold.

Brie and date tapas

2. Crab Seafood Tapas

Chopped surimi on olive oil toasted bread with seafood, or Marie Rose sauce.

crab seafood tapas

3. Creamy Tuna Salad Tapas

A typical Portuguese couvert. The perfect quick and easy tapas served on some fresh French baguette.

creamy tuna salad tapas


4. Dill Smoked Salmon Tapas

A delicious smoked salmon and cream cheese tapas with a dill and honey mustard sauce.

Dill Smoked Salmon Tapas

5. Garlic Mushroom Tapas

Garlic mushrooms cooked in olive oil with some spicy chillies.

garlic mushroom tapas


6. Serrano Ham Tapas

Delicious Spanish cured serrano ham on olive oil toasted bread with a sliced gherkin.

serrano ham tapas


7. Smoked Salmon Tapas

Smoked salmon with cream cheese on a olive oil toasted bread with capers.

smoked salmon tapas

8. Wasabi Surimi Tapas

This tapas is made with surimi on a tasty wasabi and mayo sauce.

wasabi surimi tapas

9. Classic Cocktail Meatballs

These pork and beef meatballs are supper tasty served up with some mustard or a dipping sauce.

cocktail meatballs with sauce


10. Avocado and Prawn Canapés

A mouthwatering tapas with prawns and avocado in a Marie Rose sauce with balsamic glaze.

prawn avocado canape


11. Spanish Prawns in Garlic

Delicious prawns or shrimp cooked in olive oil and garlic. Add some chillis for extra spice.

spanish garlic prawns


12. Prosciutto wrapped dates.

These dates, stuffed with goat’s cheese, and wrapped in prosciutto are just divine. 

prosciutto wrapped dates with goats cheese


13. Goat’s Cheese Wrap

These tortilla wraps with goat’s cheese, honey and walnut are a super tasty appetizer.

goats cheese wrap


14. Air fryer Chicken Wings

These chicken wings are super easy to make in your airfryer. And who doesn’t like some chicken wings?


15. Smoked Mackerel Pâté

This tasty rich fish pâté can be served as a couvert with bread or on crackers.

pate recipes

I hope some of these recipes give you some inspiration to make some tasty Tapas for your lunch or dinner. And do not forget a nice bottle of Portuguese Vinho Tinto to go with them!

If you do try some of these recipes, please let me know how you get on in the comments section below!

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serrano ham tapas

Portuguese Tapas

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This blog post links to 15 Portuguese tapas recipes that can be combined to make a mixed tapas meal to enjoy with your friends.


  • Select the recipe you want
  • Ensure your ingredients are fresh
  • Use the ingredients in the relevant recipe card
  • Follow the instructions


  1. Make the recipe according to the relevant recipe instructions
  2. Serve up with some extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
  3. Don't forget the bottle of wine and the olives!
  4. Eat, drink, talk and be merry

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Brie and Date Tapas
Crab Seafood Tapas
Creamy Tuna Salad Tapas
Dill Smoked Salmon Tapas
Garlic Mushrooms Tapas
Serrano Ham Tapas
Smoked Salmon Tapas
Wasabi Surimi Tapas
Classic Cocktail Meatballs
Meatball Dipping Sauce
Avocado and Prawn Stack
Spanish Prawns in Garlic
Prosciutto wrapped dates (with goats cheese)
Goats Cheese Wrap
Nuwave Air Fryer Chicken Wings
Smoked Mackerel Pate Recipe

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