Portuguese Mains, Veganised traditional Portuguese dishes

Tofu Alentejano

Alentejo is a beautiful area in Portugal, south of Lisbon, I strongly recommend a visit, especially the coastal area. ‘Carne de porco a alentejana’ is a very typical dish not only there but all over the country, made with pork and clam… but not this vegan version! 100% plants and all the flavours! I used tofu but it also works with other meat substitutes such as seitan or tempeh.

Time: about 40 min + marinate time 

Difficulty: 1 pan

Type:main dish

Serves: 2

What you need:


200g firm tofu cut into small cubes, marinated in: 3 chopped garlic cloves, 1 tbsp paprika, 1/4 tsp white pepper, 1 shredded bay leaf and about 100ml of white wine

1 tbsp vegetable spread

100g sliced white mushrooms

Salt to taste

1 handful chopped coriander, olives and pickles to decorate
700g white potatoes, cut into small cubes and fried


Small container to marinate tofu 

Large frying pan

Knife and chopping board 

Air fryer/frying pan for the potatoes

A serving tray


Marinate tofu for at least 2h-the longer the better and more flavoursome it will get;

Once tofu is marinated start prepping potatoes by peeling and cutting them into small cubes and fry- I used air fryer (if frying in oil, remove excess oil with a kitchen towel)-once ready, place potatoes in the serving tray;

For the tofu: heat 1tbsp vegetable spread and add tofu (not yet the marinate sauce) and sliced mushrooms, frying in low for a few minutes;

Add the marinate and cook for a another 3 minutes or so;

Add salt to taste if using; once cooked, spread tofu over potatoes and garnish with chopped coriander, olives and pickle – serve while hot! 

Please note these are only estimated values.


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