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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