Salt cod cakes

    1 hour

    Flavourful Portuguese fish cakes made with salt cod. The saltiness of the cod brings out a whole new dimension of flavour. These are easy to make and frying in olive oil makes all the difference.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 450g salt cod
    • 2 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
    • 1 teaspoon seafood seasoning
    • ground black pepper to taste
    • 30g chopped fresh parsley
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • 1 large onion, finely chopped
    • 60g plain flour
    • 4 tablespoons olive oil for frying

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. Place the salt cod into a bowl and cover with cold water. Refrigerate for 8 hours. Pour off the water and replace with fresh water every 2 hours. After the fish has soaked for 8 hours, rinse in cold water, and cut into 8cm sections.
    2. Place the cod and potatoes into a large pan and cover with water. Bring to the boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the potatoes are tender and the cod flakes easily with a fork, about 20 minutes. Drain and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
    3. Place the potatoes and cod into a mixing bowl. Season with the seafood seasoning, pepper and parsley; roughly mash with a potato masher. Stir in the eggs and onion until evenly combined. There should still be pieces of cod and potato in the mixture. Form into golf ball-sized pieces, and roll in the flour. Press between your palms to flatten slightly.
    4. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook the cod cakes in batches until golden and crispy on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Drain on a kitchen paper-lined plate.

    Alternatives to cod:

    Try this recipe with inexpensive fresh coley or pouting. They both belong to the cod family but are much cheaper and available in larger supermarkets or fishmongers.

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    I have been making cod fish cakes for years. This recipe is almost identical to my mothers recipe. My family loves them. I also use the same recipe to make salmon cakes. Delicious!!!!  -  09 Dec 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    These were the BEST codfish cakes that I have had in the U.S. Whenever I order crabcakes in restaurants, they are always overly breaded --- these are filled with fish and nicely balanced by the potatoes. A few improvements to the recipe: add 1/3 more spice, grate and strain the onion, add chopped cilantro with the parsely. In addition, I served with fresh lime, onion, cilantro and hot sauce. Perfection! Update 12-14-15: Continues to be one of our favorite recipes. My extended family requests them frequently.  -  26 Jun 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This was good and easy to make. Next time I will add a little more seasoning, though-it could stand a little more flavor.  -  07 May 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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