Salted cod is one of my favorite things to eat and it is a dish that is very important to the Portuguese. Fried cod fritters is one of my favorite ways of eating salt cod. They are also great fried up as patties for a fish burger with tartar sauce.
Portuguese Salt Cod Fritters
- 2 cups milk
- 4 potatoes chopped
- 1 onion finely minced
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 pound salt cod
- 2 tablespoons parsley finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons cilantro finely chopped
- 2 eggssalt & pepper to taste
- 1 cup vegetable oil for frying
- Soak the dried cod in cold water for a day, changing the water 3-4 times.
- Drain the cod, rinse, and put it in a large pot. Add the milk and enough water to cover an inch. Simmer gently over medium-low heat for 20 to 25 minutes, until the cod is tender.
- Drain and rinse the cod well, removing any little bits of skin and bone. While the cod is cooking, pour 1-inch of water in a large pot.
- Add the potatoes and simmer on medium heat for 20 to 25 minutes until very tender. Drain the potatoes, peel off the skins, and mash them well with a potato masher.
- In a bowl, add the cod to the potatoes, along with the onion, garlic, parsley, cilantro, and eggs. Beat the mixture firmly with a spoon until it is a smooth and even consistency. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Shape the cod mixture into medium sized balls. Pour the oil in a deep heavy skillet or pot and place it on high heat.
- Add the balls one by one, turning them over until they are golden brown. Once done remove the fritters and drain on paper towels.
How To Serve:
- I like to serve mine with lemon butter or tartar sauce.