These Portuguese rice recipes will surely become part of your regular meals! Delicious rice dishes that use pantry staples while keeping that distinct Portuguese flavor. Give them a try!
Locals say that they are the biggest consumer of rice in Europe — at least five times more than any other country in their part of the world.
That seems about right.
Rice is evidently rooted in Portuguese culture, and they’ve been preparing these rice dishes depending on the season.
It also explains the two types of Portuguese rice varieties that they cultivate:
- Carolino Rice – a short-grain variety generally used for wet or soupy rice recipes because of its higher starch content (i.e., it makes everything creamy).
- Agulha Rice – a long-grain variety that’s perfect for dry Portuguese rice recipes, like oven-baked dishes.
Don’t worry, though. You can still make these traditional rice recipes from Portugal even if you don’t have their local rice.
Each recipe will include rice alternatives that are already available in your kitchen!
Authentic Portuguese Rice Recipes
Local Name: Arroz de Tomate
This tomato rice recipe uses fresh tomatoes, so make sure you get the ripest and juiciest that you can find.
Serve it as a side dish, or add some fish chunks in there and enjoy it as an entree.
Either way, tomatoes’ sweet and slightly sour flavor base is always a winner!
Local Name: Arroz com Grao
If you want to keep this rice dish vegetarian, skip the ham.
You will still get the pure nuttiness of the chickpeas — and you can use dried or canned ones, whichever you have on hand.
Local Name: Arroz de Feijão
Imagine soupy rice that’s earthy and slightly sweet. That’s what you’ll get with this authentic rice and beans recipe.
A family favorite to serve with grilled meat — you have to taste it for yourself to believe it. 🙂
Local Name: Arroz Doce
It’s a classic Portuguese dessert enjoyed year-round — even on Christmas Eve.
Subtly flavored with vanilla, lemon, and cinnamon, this sweet rice pudding is a perfect way to end any meal.
So, which Portuguese rice dish is your favorite? Not so easy to decide, eh? 🙂
OR GET MORE IDEAS FROM THIS LIST OF RICE DISHES AROUND THE WORLD!