Cataplana Chef
Cataplana Chef

Nowadays on very few cook meals while on holidays.  In particular while staying in a villa rental in Albufeira maybe Villas Albufeira if there is a big group   or an apartment rental in Lagos there are so many excellent restaurants to visit. Part of the joy of this type of holiday villas break is the experience of various cuisines and the opportunity to learn new recipes and try later in the year back home. The cataplana stew is a fish delicacy from the Portuguese region.  It gets its name from the cookware it’s made in. The actually Cataplana is the name of the pot the meal is cooked.  You might have to impro

Cataplana with fish
Cataplana with fish

vise on the cookware but it will be worth the effort.

Nowadays you can find superb Cataplana in most of the restaurants in Algarve. If your in a self-catering apartment in Albufeira or Villas in Albufeira maybe try  Cabana Fresca or Restaurante Casa Do Chefe restaurant in Albufeira.  Or if you decided to book a villa Alvor or Alvor Villa maybe try Fisherman’s beach, Travessa Cais Herculano, Restaurante O Alcade in Alvor, , and the dish is popular so you will find it served in most restaurants. Recently while viewing one of our apartments in Lagos Patio do Convento we had a beautiful Cataplana in Reis  on  Rua António Barbosa Viana 21, 8600 Lagos Tel 282 762 900

Cabana Fresca Albufeira
Cabana Fresca Albufeira

The cataplana meal is comprised of fish normally monkfish, shrimp, and mussels though the ingredients can include meat and may vary depending on the region.. It can be served with rice, potatoes or French fries.

Retaurante Reis
Retaurante Reis Lagos

A traditional copper cataplana is used to make and serve this meal, though that should not restrict you, you can use whatever you have.  Here is a simple recipe on how to make the tasty stew.

Restaurante O Alcaide Alvor

Key Ingredients:

  • I tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil.
  • Sausages or fresh skinless chorizo.
  • 1 ½ Sliced shallot which is optional
  • 1 ½ chopped garlic
  • 1 pounded fresh manila clams.
  • 1 ½ medium sized shrimp.
  • ¼ of sliced tomatoes, either fresh or canned.
  • 2 tablespoons of white wine
  • Paprika
  • Sea salt.
  • 1 lemon for garnishing and chopped parsley.


  • In a cataplana pan, pour in 1 tablespoon of olive oil, under low heat.
  • Add in the sausage and cook till they brown do not overcook them.
  • Add the shallots (optional) and garlic. Cook until the mixture is soft for 1 or 2 minutes.
  • Add the shrimps, clams, tomatoes, white wine and some paprika. You can then season using salt and pepper.
  • Cove to simmer over medium heat to avoid burning, ensure that the shrimps are pink cook for approximately 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Tastes to feel if the seasoning is balanced if not add a little seasoning.
  • Sprinkle some olive oil, chopped parsley and squeeze the lemon in it.
  • Serve directly from the Cataplana pot.

This is a must try when back from your holiday. Nice meal to enjoy with family.

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