While we dream about our next holiday, we can travel through food. Local gastronomy takes us to a place´s history, geography, cultural habits, climate and landscape.

Preparation methods are different around the world. Because local cuisine is based in all of these different influences, cooking is also an opportunity to learn new techniques and to be aware of such beautiful heritage a place can offer us.

And since you can’t hop on a plane to Portugal right now, today we share a local recipe that you can easily recreate at home.

Bathed by the Atlantic Ocean, Cascais is a land of hills with extensive seaside areas, including both wild and more urban beaches that give the town its charm and character. Inland, the farmhouses and the impressive Sintra – Cascais Natural Park compose the landscape, offering diversity and harmony in a land of farmers, fishermen, royal families from different countries and foreigners who have chosen Cascais as their home.

If you’re looking to fill your culinary passport, try the recipe below and enjoy this gourmet getaway without leaving your kitchen.

Spicy Prawns


  • 1 kg/ 2.20 lb large prawns
  • Salt to taste
  • Malagueta peper to taste
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 50 ml/ 0,13 gal olive oil
  • 1 sprig of coriander
  • Toasted bread to taste


Wash the prawns and peel them, leaving their tails and heads on. Season them with salt, the malagueta pepper and the chopped garlic cloves. Put aside. Add the olive oil to a large frying pan, and once it’s hot, add the prawns and fry them. Sprinkle with the chopped coriander.

Serve hot with slices of toasted bread.

This recipe was taken from the book Recipes of Kings and Fishermen, the english version is available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Recipes-Fishermen-Portuguese-Cl%C3%A1udia-Mataloto/dp/9896606013


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