The most typical and traditional fish eaten by all households is the Cod. The tradition of this delicacy in national cuisine dates back to olden times.
At the time of the maritime discoveries in the 15th century, the Portuguese needed non-perishable food that could withstand the long, endless months of travelling. There are records from 1508 that indicate that cod accounted for 10% of the fish sold in Portugal.
Today, cod is one of the most important specialties of Portuguese cuisine and there are thousands of ways to cook it. Almost 1/4 of cod fished around the world is eaten in Portugal. On a trip to Portugal, no matter what region you are visiting, you must try a bacalhau dish, the most Portuguese of all fish, fished overseas.