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How to order fish in a Portuguese restaurant

Portuguese fish

Most traditional Portuguese restaurants will have a range of fish on the menu. If you are faced with a list of Portuguese fish and seafood names you don’t understand, here is a translation guide to help you.

Portuguese to English fish translations

  • Peixe – fish
  • Atum – tuna
  • Bacalhau – cod
  • Besugo – bream
  • Carapau – mackerel
  • Cavala – mackerel
  • Cherne – grouper
  • Choco – cuttlefish
  • Dourada – bream
  • Espadarte – swordfish
  • Linguado – sole
  • Lula – squid
  • Moreia – moray eel
  • Pargo – snapper / sea bream
  • Peixe espada – scabbard fish
  • Pescada – hake
  • Polvo – 0ctopus
  • Robalo – sea bass
  • Safio – Small conger eel
  • Salmão – salmon
  • Salmonete – mullet
  • Sardinha – sardine
  • Sargo – porgy / sea bream
  • Tamboril – monkfish
Grilled sardines

Grilled sardines (sardinhas) are a popular summer dish in Portugal.

English to Portuguese fish translations

  • Fish – peixe
  • Bream – dourada
  • Bream – besugo
  • Cod – bacalhau
  • Cuttlefish – choco
  • Grouper – cherne
  • Hake – pescada
  • Mackerel – carapau
  • Mackerel – cavala
  • Monkfish – tamboril
  • Moray eel – moreia
  • Mullet – salmonete
  • Octopus – polvo
  • Porgy / sea bream – sargo
  • Salmon – salmão
  • Sardine – sardinha
  • Sea bass – robalo
  • Scabbard fish – peixe espada
  • Small conger eel – safio
  • Snapper / sea bream – Pargo
  • Sole – linguado
  • Squid – lula
  • Swordfish – espadarte
  • Tuna – atum
Bacalhau - codfish

Bacalhau is dried codfish and it forms the basis of several popular and traditional Portuguese fish dishes.

 

Portuguese to English seafood translations

  • Marisco – seafood
  • Ameijoa – clam
  • Berbigão – cockle
  • Búzio – whelk
  • Camarão – prawn
  • Carangueijo – crab
  • Conquilha – clam (small)
  • Lagosta – lobster
  • Lingueirão – razor clam
  • Mexhilhão – mussel
  • Ostra – oyster
  • Perceve – barnacle
  • Sapateira – crab (large)
Prawns

Camarão is a prawn – a succulent seafood treat.

 

English to Portuguese seafood translations

  • Seafood – marisco
  • Barnacle – Perceve
  • Clam – Ameijoa
  • Small clam – Conquilha
  • Cockle – Berbigão
  • Crab – Carangueijo
  • Large crab – Sapateira
  • Lobster – Lagosta
  • Mussel – mexhilhão
  • Oyster – Ostra
  • Prawn – Camarão
  • Razor clam – lingueirão
  • Whelk – Búzio
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5 Comments

  1. Delighted to have found your website. A neighbouring yacht caught a “fish” and we asked the locals what it was. Turns out its a Safio and thanks to you we now know its conger eel. Thank you!

    • Steve Masters

      Thanks for sharing that. I’m so glad to hear that the page was helpful. Did you cook the fish?

  2. Extremely useful information – can you now do a similar post for various cuts of meat?!

  3. Bruno

    Ok never heard that name lingueirão before

  4. Bruno

    By the way no English speaker will ever be able to pronounce any word with nh or lh I know that for a fact I tried to make my friends say filho and they will be there till they go red but all the will say it’s filo and say that’s their accent like wise it’s quite hard for us to sound the H in hospital and so on but well we eventually can but the can’t funny enough that Arab speakers find it quit easy to speak Portuguese

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