Salt Cod Fritters

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt, or more to taste
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup finely shredded cooked salt cod
  • 1/3 cup very finely chopped fresh cilantros
  • Vegetable oil

Makes about 3 dozen

Stir the flour, 1 ½ teaspoons salt, and the baking powder together in a large bowl. Add the water and stir until no lumps remain. Stir in the salt cod and cilantro. Let the batter sit while the oil heats.

Pour enough oil into a large, deep skillet to fill 1 inch. Heat over medium heat until the tip of the handle of a wooden spoon gives off a lively sizzle when you dip it in the oil (about 375 ° F). Taste the batter and add a little more salt if you think it needs it.

Pick up a mounded tablespoon of the batter and slip it carefully into the oil. Fry just as many fritters at one time as will bob around freely in the skillet. If you fry too many at one time, the temperature of the oil will drop and you’ll have soggy, not crispy fritters. Fry until cooked through and deep golden brown, about 4 minutes. Drain on paper towels and serve hot. Repeat with remaining batter.


2 Responses to “Salt Cod Fritters”

  1. 1 Olga Matos January 7, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    Delicioso! Gracias. My Mom used to make bacalaitos and this recipe took me back. Thanks for the journey. Olga

  2. 2 Jay February 11, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Bacalaitos are my favorite fritura. After all these years I was finally able to make them for the first time. …and they came out perfect!!


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