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Portuguese Salt Cod Fritters

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.
Posted By: Wilamina Fernandes
Prep Time 10 hours
Cook Time 45 minutes
Ready In (+soak): 1 hour
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Portuguese
Calories 4213 kcal


  • 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.


Calories: 4213kcalCarbohydrates: 187gProtein: 320gFat: 246gSaturated Fat: 189gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gMonounsaturated Fat: 30gCholesterol: 738mgSodium: 32921mgPotassium: 11102mgFiber: 21gSugar: 36gVitamin A: 2174IUVitamin B1: 2mgVitamin B5: 12mgVitamin C: 206mgCalcium: 1439mgIron: 19mg
Keyword portuguese, fried, salt cod, fritters, Portuguese Seafood Recipes, Seafood Recipes
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