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Portuguese Stuffed Quahogs
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Portuguese Stuffed Quahogs

Portuguese Stuffed Quahogs are an appetizer staple in Southeastern Massachusetts. Each hearty bite is seasoned perfectly and loaded with all the Portuguese flavors one would expect in a stuffed quahog.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Portuguese
Keyword: #Stuffed Portuguese Quahogs, Stuffed Quahogs
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 165cal
Author: Amy Desrosiers


  • 4 Quahogs You want to make sure they are scrubbed and carefully rinsed to remove any sand or debris.
  • 4 cups water to boil the quahogs (2 cups will be reserved for stuffing once quahogs are done being boiled)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 bell pepper finely diced
  • 2 onion yellow, large, finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsps butter
  • 1 1/2 tbsps crushed red pepper
  • 5 Portuguese bread buns Can use 5 cups of day old Italian bread
  • 3/4 cup chourico chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp Portuguese all seasoning spice Adobo with pimenta
  • Paprika optional


  • Add 4 cups of water into a stockpot. Place it on the stove, and turn up the heat.
  • Once the water is rapidly boiling, add your quahogs. Boil them until they open up. If they fail to open up (give them a full 20 minutes) they are bad and should NOT be eaten.  
  • Once they are boiled, reserve 2 cups of water from the top of the pan. Do not use the water at the bottom because that might have sand residue. 
  • Run the quahogs under cold water and twist their shells into two pieces.  
  • Remove any lose pieces and set aside shells and bellies. 
  • You should have 4 quahog bellies. Using knife, chop them into super small pieces. Quahogs can be a chocking hazard so tiny pieces are a must!! I choked on one as a child!  
  •  Pull apart Portuguese Rolls into small chunks. 
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  • Pour over the reserved quahog water and let the bread absorb it while you saute the onion, pepper (bell), garlic, and chourico in a skillet with the oil and butter.  
  •  Saute meat, and veggies until tender. The onion will take on a translucent look; set aside.
  • Add soaked bread to a colander and squeeze out any excess liquid. It is ok it the bread is mushy.  
  • Add bread to a large bowl with chopped quahogs, crushed red pepper, egg, Portuguese seasoning, and sauteed chourico and veggies. Mix everything until fully combined.  
  • Stuff Quahogs generously will mixture and place them on a large baking sheet. If you have extra mixture, bake it in small oven-safe ramekins.
  • Optional- sprinkle each with paprika. 
  • Bake quahogs uncovered for 40-45 minutes. The outside with have a crispy texture and the insides will remain moist but should not be super soggy.  


If you do not want to stuff the stuffing into the shells, you will need 10 4 ounce ramekins. These bake fine in this size.
Nutritional values may vary and are meant to be a guide. 


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 165cal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 419mg | Potassium: 98mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 942IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 2mg