1. Filete de Espada (Swordfish Filet)
The most typical fish of Madeira Island is the black scabbard fish “Espada“, which swims in deep waters and which has a scary aspect, at least when viewed in the market. However, it is also very tasty, especially when prepared on “Madeiran Way”, with passion fruit and banana sauce. The restaurant “Casa Madeirense “, “Classico” or “Doca do Cavacas” in Funchal and also the Restaurant “Preia Mar” in Madelena do Mar (Ponta do Sol) or “Maré Alta” (Machico) are some of the most popular restaurants for a great “Espada”.
2. Lapas (Limpets)
A Madeiran specialty, much appreciated by locals and visitors. The limpets “Lapas” are cooked upwards in a frying pan of their own and their taste increase when splashed with fresh lemon and butter. The typical Bolo do Caco is a great accompaniment to this snack. We sugest you some Restaurants around the island to try this
3. Polvo (Octopus)
Octopus is a very popular dish here in Madeira, although it is not a typically Madeiran dish. It can be served as a “dentinho” or as an entree, a marinade or with rice.
4. Truta (Grilled Trout)
In Ribeiro Frio there are the famous trout nurseries where they produce large quantities of trout. Due to this, in the parish of São Roque do Faial, the Ribeiro Frio Grilled Trout is an appreciated typical dish of this parish.
5. Bife de Atum (Tuna Steak)
Tuna is one of the most popular dishes in Madeira, and is usually eaten in the form of steak. Tuna is a fish abundant in the seas of the island hence have a strong component in the traditional cuisine of the region.
The Madeiran Tuna steaks are usually prepared in a marinade of olive oil, garlic, salt and oregano. It is served with cooked or fried corn, or boiled potatoes, rice and salad.
The “Castanheta” is a fish that is found with abundance in the coast of Madeira, Azores and Canary Islands. They are seasoned with salt and fried in very hot oil. When serving, you can season with lemon juice and accompany with what you like best, we guarantee that they are a delight!
7. Chicharros Fritos
The “Chicharro” is a small fish that abounds in the Madeira seas and, for that reason, has played in the recent past an important role in Madeira gastronomy. It can be eaten fried, grilled or baked, being currently more common to find it fried.
The “Cracas” are calcareous formations that develop in colonies on the rocks of the marine coasts, from where they are uprooted by hammering. We can find them on Porto Santo Island and also in Madeira Island. They are considered a fine snack with an incomparable sea flavor. It is worth trying this delicacy if you are seafood lover.