Cozido das Furnas – How It’s Made and Where to Eat


Cozido das Furnas is one of the most iconic and traditional dishes of São Miguel Island in the Azores. All the ingredients are placed in a pot, which is then buried in the ground near the Furnas geysers, with an average cooking time of five hours.

It has a unique and unforgettable flavor, characteristic of its method of preparation.

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Cozido das Furnas - São Miguel, Açores

How Is Cozido das Furnas Made?

Chef Pedro Rocha, invited by one of the restaurants located in Furnas where you can enjoy this typical dish, shows us in the video below how the famous Cozido das Furnas is made. A production by Bluebird Productions.

Ingredients for Cozido das Furnas:

The ingredients associated with Cozido das Furnas can vary depending on personal preferences, but typically it includes:

  • 1/2 Chicken
  • 800g Beef
  • 500g Pork with Bone (Leg)
  • 250g Bacon
  • 300g Pork Chop
  • 8 Potatoes
  • 4 Sweet Potatoes
  • 4 Carrots
  • 1 Cabbage
  • 1 Collard Greens (Couve)
  • 1 Blood Sausage (Morcela)
  • 1 Chorizo
  • 2 Yams
  • Salt

How to Make Cozido das Furnas

On the day before, consider marinating the meats to enhance their flavor. Some people marinate them in a garlic and Pimenta da Terra.

You should start by cutting the beef, pork, and chicken into medium-sized and regular pieces, then the potatoes, chorizo, and bacon. In the case of carrots, cut them in half lengthwise. The cabbage and collard greens should be quartered.

Arrange all the ingredients in a pot in several alternating layers, following this order of placement: pork at the bottom, followed by beef, cabbage, collard greens, potatoes, yams, carrots, and chicken. On top of the pot, place the blood sausage (morcela) and chorizo wrapped in cabbage leaves.

Season with salt and pepper to taste. Close the pot with its lid and tie it with a cord. It is recommended to place the pot in a burlap sack.

Once in the Furnas geysers area, in the Furnas Valley, you should request an available hole for the cooking of your Cozido das Furnas. After about 5 to 7 hours, your Cozido is ready. Enjoy your Cozido das Furnas.

Cozido das Furnas - São Miguel - Açores

Where to Eat Cozido das Furnas

If you only wish to enjoy this unique regional dish, you can do so in various restaurants in the Furnas area. Daily, these restaurants prepare multiple servings of Cozido das Furnas exclusively for their customers, with reserved holes for this purpose.

Due to the high daily demand, it is recommended that you make a reservation in advance.

Restaurante “O Miroma”

Rua Dr. Frederico Moniz Pereira 15, Furnas
Telefone: 296 584 422
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Restaurante “Tony’s”

Largo do Teatro 5, Furnas
Telefone: 296 584 290
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Restaurante do “Hotel Terra Nostra Garden”

Rua Padre José Jacinto Botelho, 5, Furnas
Telefone: 296 549 090
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Restaurante “Caldeiras & Vulcões”

Rua das Caldeiras, 36, Furnas
Telefone: 296 584 312
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Restaurante “Banhos Férreos”

Rua Maria Augenia, N.º1, Furnas
Telefone: 296 584 504
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Restaurante “Águas Quentes”

Rua das Águas Quentes, Furnas
Telefone: 296 584 482
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