Peixinhos da horta

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A plate of Peixinhos da horta

Peixinhos da horta (Portuguese pronunciation: [pɐjˈʃĩɲuʒ] or [pejˈʃĩɲuʒ ðɐ ˈɔɾtɐ]) is a traditional dish in Portuguese cuisine. The name of the dish is literally translated as "little garden fish", as it resembles small pieces of colorful fish.[1] It was introduced to Japan by Jesuit missionaries in the sixteenth century, where it was eventually developed into tempura.[2]


Peixinhos da horta is usually prepared with green beans in a wheat flour based batter that are then deep fried. Other vegetables such as bell peppers and squash are also used.