Bacalaitos - Fried Codfish Fritters

Total Time
Prep 45 mins
Cook 0 mins

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.


  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. Drain, rinse with cold water several times.
  3. In a saucepan, cover codfish with water, bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Cool, remove skin and bones.
  5. Shred the fish.
  6. In a bowl make a batter by whisking together the flour, baking powder, adobo and water.
  7. When smooth, mix in garlic, cilantro and shredded fish.
  8. Check for seasoning, if necessary add some more pepper or the adobo with pepper.
  9. In a skillet, heat 1/4" of oil on medium heat.
  10. Drop the batter by spoonsful into hot oil and cook until golden brown.
  11. Drain on paper towel.
  12. Enjoy!
Most Helpful

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...

wamadeo July 29, 2010

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.

msmoura2001_12767681 August 18, 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!

Obeah April 16, 2012