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Portuguese Steak Recipes

How to Make Portuguese SteakThe Best Steak Recipes Made In Portugal

Indulge in the rich and authentic flavors of Portuguese cuisine with our selection of four tantalizing Portuguese steak recipes. Whether you’re planning a trip to Portugal or simply looking to recreate these culinary delights in the comfort of your own home, these recipes are a must-try for any food enthusiast.

Each recipe has been carefully curated to showcase the true essence of Portuguese steak, highlighting the country’s unique culinary traditions. From the succulent Prego no Pão, a steak sandwich bursting with savory goodness, to the flavorful Bife à Portuguesa, a classic Portuguese-style steak, these dishes will transport your taste buds to the vibrant streets of Portugal.

Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a cooking enthusiast, our collection of authentic Portuguese steak recipes offers something for everyone. Discover the perfect blend of spices, marinades, and cooking techniques that make these dishes truly unforgettable. Prepare to embark on a culinary journey filled with mouthwatering aromas, bold flavors, and the unmistakable taste of Portugal.

So, whether you’re planning your next trip to Portugal or seeking to infuse your home cooking with a touch of Portuguese flair, these four irresistible steak recipes are guaranteed to satisfy your cravings and transport you to the heart of Portuguese gastronomy. Get ready to savor the true taste of Portugal with these exceptional recipes that celebrate the country’s rich culinary heritage.

Portuguese Prego Sandwich Recipe

You can order this sandwich in almost every snack bar in Portugal. Like all Portuguese food, it is simple and delicious!

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What does prego mean in Portuguese?

portuguese steak egg and chips recipe prego no prato

Unlock the intriguing meaning behind the name “Prego” in Portuguese and discover the deliciousness that awaits. Contrary to what one might expect, “prego” actually translates to “nail” in English, prompting curious Brazilians to humorously inquire if a hammer is required to enjoy this sandwich. Fear not, for the Prego sandwich is far from a construction tool. Instead, it is a delectable creation consisting of tender fried meat nestled between soft white bread slices.

This mouthwatering delight was introduced to the world by the innovative Manuel Prego, a proud resident of Praia das Macas in Sintra, Portugal. With his visionary touch, he crafted this satisfying sandwich and made it the centerpiece of his humble snack bar.

Immerse yourself in the flavors of Portugal and experience the allure of the Prego sandwich. Indulge in the perfect combination of succulent meat and fluffy bread that has captivated the taste buds of locals and visitors alike. Let each bite transport you to the scenic shores of Praia das Macas, where the aroma of grilled goodness fills the air.

Don’t miss the opportunity to savor this Portuguese culinary gem. Treat yourself to the Prego sandwich and discover why it has become an iconic symbol of Portuguese gastronomy. So come, join us on a gastronomic adventure, and experience the legacy of Manuel Prego firsthand. Let your taste buds rejoice as you indulge in the flavors of Portugal’s beloved Prego sandwich.

How do you order Portuguese Prego?

When ordering a Portuguese Prego, you have two options: Prego no Pão or Prego no Prato. If you opt for Prego no Pão, you’ll receive a sandwich. The word “pão” translates to “bread,” indicating that your order will consist of tender beef served between bread slices. On the other hand, if you choose Prego no Prato, you’ll receive a dish. “Prato” refers to a plate, which means your order will include beef, rice, French fries, and possibly a fried egg, salad, or vegetables.

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What is the difference between bitoque and prego?

When dining at a Portuguese restaurant, it’s important to distinguish between two popular dishes: bitoque and prego. The key difference lies in the type of meat used. Bitoque features pork meat, while prego consists of tender cow steak. Pay close attention when placing your order to ensure you receive the desired dish and savor the flavors you’re craving.

How to Make Portuguese Beef

Portuguese Prego Steak Recipe

Portuguese Prego Steak RecipeINGREDIENT FOR ONE PERSON

  • One white bread
  • One beefsteak (the best option is sirloin steak)
  • One garlic clove
  • One bay leaf
  • One tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon of butter
  • Yellow mustard or Piri-Piri
  • Salt and black pepper (to taste)


  1. Layout the steak on a cutting board or a dish.
  2. Roughly chop the garlic and on the steak. Gently pound it, crushing the garlic into the meat. If you don’t have a tenderizer for meat, you can use a rolling pin.
  3. Season with salt and black pepper. Don’t marinate the beef.
  4. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the bay leaf and a tablespoon of olive oil.
  5. Fry the beef for barely two to three minutes, turning once. Transfer to a dish.
  6. Cut the bread and toast it on the same frying pan you used for the steak.
  7. Serve on the toasted bread with mustard. Enjoy this prego recipe with a good beer!

Portuguese Steak with Coffee Sauce

This Portuguese beef recipe, featuring a delightful coffee sauce, requires additional preparation time.

How To Cook a Portuguese Steak with Coffee Sauce


  • 4 beefsteaks (about 500 grams)
  • 50 ml (1/4 cup) strong coffee
  • 100 ml (1/2 cup) heavy cream
  • Four cloves of garlic
  • 100 ml (1/2 cup) Port wine
  • 40 grams butter without salt
  • Two bay leaf
  • salt and black pepper (to taste)

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  1. Season the steaks with salt, pepper, bay leaf, and smashed garlic. Leave to marinate for about 15 minutes.
  2. In a skillet, place the butter and leave to melt over low heat.
  3. Add the steaks with the marinade and fry for 3 minutes per side.
  4. When the beefs are fried, remove them to a plate.
  5. Add smashed garlic and bay leaf to the pan. Then increase the heat to medium-high and add the wine and coffee. Stir the ingredients.
  6. Finally, add the cream, and adjust the salt and pepper to your liking. Stir once in a while until the sauce thickens slightly. You can return the steaks to the skillet to warm up if you want.
  7. Plate the steaks and spoon the sauce over them. Serve with white rice or fried potatoes.

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Portuguese Beef Skewers – Espetada

Indulge in the delightful Portuguese tradition of barbecue with the beloved Portuguese Beef Skewers, also known as Espetada. While it may not be a traditional steak, these skewers are a cherished favorite among grilling enthusiasts. Prepare to be captivated by the incredible flavor combination that awaits you.

What do espetadas mean?

Espetadas, a traditional Portuguese dish, features large cubes of meat skewered onto bay leaf sticks along with onions and peppers, then grilled to perfection. Originating from the picturesque island of Madeira, this delectable recipe is a cherished part of Portuguese cuisine.

While bay laurel trees may not be readily available everywhere, you can easily substitute them with standard wood skewers, conveniently found in most grocery stores. Don’t miss the chance to recreate this mouthwatering barbecue delight and experience the authentic flavors of Portugal.

Portuguese Beef Skewers Recipe


  • 500 grams cubed beef
  • garlic powder
  • Two onions
  • green pepper
  • salt and black pepper (to taste)
  • One tablespoon olive oil


  1. Put the wood skewers in a bowl with water.
  2. In another bowl, mix garlic powder, salt, and black paper. Add the cubed beef and mix again. Leave to marinate for about 1 hour.
  3. Skewer the meat on the skewer, alternating meat, onion, and pepper pieces.
  4. Grill over high heat char. Traditionally it was grilled over hot coals but it is now more commonly prepared on a gas grill.
  5. Serve with white rice and fried potatoes.

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Cachena Steak

a plate of food with rice meat and vegetables. cachena steak

Introducing the remarkable Cachena steak, a culinary gem awaiting your taste buds in the enchanting town of Arcos de Valdevez. This traditional dish combines tender Cachena beef with flavorful rice and “tarrestre” beans, creating a feast for your senses.

The Cachena breed, originating from both Portugal and Galicia, Spain, is renowned for its exceptionally delicious meat. These triple-purpose cattle are notably smaller in size compared to other breeds, but their meat is truly extraordinary, delivering a burst of irresistible flavors.

Accompanying the Cachena steak is the unique “tarrestre” bean, a tiny legume cultivated exclusively in the region. With its range of colors, from beige to the dominant hue, this bean is not only a culinary delight but also a nutritional powerhouse. Packed with fiber and unsaturated fatty acids, it offers potential health benefits such as reducing cholesterol and triglyceride levels. The cultivation of these beans remains a labor of love, as the challenging terraced slopes necessitate manual work due to the region’s distinctive landscape.

Prepare to embark on a culinary journey that explores the diverse flavors and fascinating stories of Portuguese cuisine. Our carefully curated tour ensures an intimate experience, limited to a maximum of ten travelers, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the rich culinary traditions of Portugal. Don’t miss the opportunity to secure your place early and book your unforgettable vacation in Portugal in just three minutes.

With confidence, savor every moment as you discover the incredible world of Portuguese cuisine. From the mouthwatering Cachena steak to other regional delights, let your taste buds dance with joy and your senses come alive. Uncover the secrets of Portuguese gastronomy and create cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

Other Portuguese Steaks

steak with Port wine and pepper sauce

Prepare to be pleasantly surprised when you delve into the world of Portuguese cuisine and explore the exquisite flavors of Portuguese steak. Step beyond your culinary comfort zone and embrace the opportunity to savor a steak like never before.

Imagine indulging in a succulent steak accompanied by a rich Port wine and pepper sauce, a tantalizing combination that will leave your taste buds in awe. This extraordinary culinary experience has already captivated the taste buds of our recent tour groups in Portugal.

To embark on your own gastronomic adventure, simply book our tours online and trust our knowledgeable guides to lead you to the finest steak establishments in Portugal. With their expertise, you can confidently navigate the menu and discover the best steak options tailored to your preferences.

Unleash your taste for adventure and let the flavors of Portugal awaken your senses. Embrace the opportunity to taste the exceptional Portuguese steak dishes and immerse yourself in the rich culinary heritage of this captivating country. Join us on this remarkable journey and elevate your dining experience to new heights.

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