Total Time
13hrs 45mins
Prep 13 hrs
Cook 45 mins

These are delicious. I first tasted them in Kensington Market at a Portugese bakery. Later I saw them at a Tapas Bar. I don't know the Spanish name for them but one of my cheffy buddies got me the recipe.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Rinse and soak the cod 12 hours or overnight in several changes of cold water.
  2. Drain, place in a large saucepan. Cover with cold water and bring to a boil. Simmer until fish flakes easily when poked with a knife about 15 minutes.
  3. Drain , cool and remove skin and bones.
  4. Shred finely in the food processor making sure ther are no chunks.
  5. Combine cod, potatoes, onion, parsley , lemon juice, nutmeg and pepper. taste and adjust seasoning.
  6. Stir in eggs to form a firm , malleable mixture.
  7. Using a dessert spoon scoop up a heaping spoon full of cod mixture. With a second dessert spoon cupped over the first press and form a rounded oval allowing excess to fall back into bowl. Place on a tray. continue with rest of mixture.
  8. In 3 inches of oil heated to 375F deep fry ovals about 8 at a time till golden and crisp. Drain immediately.
  9. Serve with lemon and olives.


Most Helpful

Best eaten warm with garlic aioli. Made it for tapas party, it was a big hit.

Arichka June 17, 2012

These are wonderful, I'm Portuguese, so I make these often in my home, everyone loves them, I just leave out the nutmeg, as I'm not too crazy over it. Thank-you Connie for posting.

Mia #3 October 20, 2008

Nice flavors .. Will make it again, thanks!

najwa November 05, 2007

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