Peixinhos da horta

Peixinhos da horta and other Petiscos

As many other Petiscos, Peixinhos da Horta can also be part of your main course. Just paired them with a tasty tomato rice and you will have a proper meal!

Nevertheless, they shine their best when served simply as a Petisco. They are the perfect “dip food” snack: crispy on the outside and soft and tasty in the inside. You can simply season then with lemon or go crazy with yours sauces… tartar, flavored mayo or hot sauce… you name it!

As for its preparation, it is pretty plain vanilla…

After cutting its tips, start by cooking the green beans for 5 minutes in boiling water, seasoned with salt. Stop the cooking process by passing them in cool water.

Bowl of green beans

As for the batter: on a bowl, mix together the flour, beer, eggs and baking powder. Season the batter to taste with salt and pepper and leave it to rest for 30 minutes.

The (not so) tough part is done!

Now, pass the green beans through the batter and fry them in hot oil. Drain the excess oil and you are ready to go!

Frying peixinhos da horta

Eat them plain, with some lemon juice on top or dipped in favorite sauce. Either way, Peixinhos da Horta are mandatory in any Petisco’s table!

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Peixinhos da horta being picked up

Basket with peixinhos da horta

Peixinhos da Horta

Homecooking Lisbon
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Petiscos
Cuisine Estremadura
Servings 4 people


  • Frying pan
  • Large pan


  • 400 g green beans
  • 100 g flour
  • 100 ml beer
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs


  • Wash the green beans and discard the tips
  • Cook the green beans for 5 minutes in boiling water, seasoned with 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of baking soda. Drain the beans on absorbent paper. Cut each bean pod in half
  • Make the batter by mixing with a whisk, 100 g of flour, 100 ml of beer, 2 eggs, season with salt and pepper to taste, 1 tablespoon of baking powder. Leave it to rest for 30min
  • Pass the green beans through the batter and fry in very hot oil. Drain the Peixinhos da Horta well on absorbent paper
  • Serve with tartar sauce


You may use other vegetables instead (or in complement) of green beans, like carrots or aspargos.
Keyword Eggs, Green Beans, Vegetarian

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