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    Bacalaitos - Fried Codfish Fritters

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    45 mins

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    Manami's Note:

    This makes a very tasty appetizer! Chill overnight, it makes for a less salty fish. These are served all over Miami and they are so good! Originally on the Goya Foods web site.

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    1. 1
      Soak codfish in cold water overnight in the refrigerator.(Change the water at least 3 times ~ have also heard that it is good when soaked in milk).
    2. 2
      Drain, rinse with cold water several times.
    3. 3
      In a saucepan, cover codfish with water, bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
    4. 4
      Cool, remove skin and bones.
    5. 5
      Shred the fish.
    6. 6
      In a bowl make a batter by whisking together the flour, baking powder, adobo and water.
    7. 7
      When smooth, mix in garlic, cilantro and shredded fish.
    8. 8
      Check for seasoning, if necessary add some more pepper or the adobo with pepper.
    9. 9
      In a skillet, heat 1/4" of oil on medium heat.
    10. 10
      Drop the batter by spoonsful into hot oil and cook until golden brown.
    11. 11
      Drain on paper towel.
    12. 12

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on July 29, 2010


      yes, Im Puerto Rican but needed a recipe on bacalaitos cause mami would make them but I didnt pay any atencion and she never use measuring cup. I made bacalaitos the other day and it was excellent even my husband, mother in-law and greatgrandmom said it was delicioso... thanks to your recipe... from Jacksonville FL...

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    • on August 18, 2012

      I am portugese and I remember my mom using cooked potatoes to hold the fish batter and make it a little stiffer. I will try this recipe nd see how it works out.

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    • on April 16, 2012


      I made this for my Puerto Rican boyfriend last night and he literally ate himself sick, they were so unbelievably delicious. This was my very first attempt and since I don't eat fish, I had to rely on the recipe without tasting. I soaked de-boned salt fish in milk (like my Jamaican family does it for salt-fish fritters) for a few hours, although I admit I forgot to change the liquid more than once.

      In addition to the Adobo seasoning, I also used 1 packet of Goya sazon (con culantro y achiote). For cilantro, I used the fresh leaves from my garden and I used 2 cloves of garlic, minced. My boyfriend says that his mom's were thinner and crunchier but mine are just as delicioso y rico. In the photo you can see how big I made them!

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    Nutritional Facts for Bacalaitos - Fried Codfish Fritters

    Serving Size: 1 (39 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 30

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 74.5
    Calories from Fat 3
    Total Fat 0.4 g
    Saturated Fat 0.0 g
    Cholesterol 23.0 mg
    Sodium 1089.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 6.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.2 g
    Sugars 0.0 g
    Protein 10.3 g

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    adobo seasoning

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