Gloucester Codfish Balls

READY IN: 25mins
Recipe by mollypaul

Dried salt codfish is a traditional ingredient not only in Northern European cuisine, but also in Mediterranean, West African, Caribbean, and Brazilian cuisines. The ingredient and the dishes made from it are known by many names, for example baccalà, bacalhau, bacalao, bacallà, morue, klippfisk/clipfish, and saltfiskur. Serve these tasty morsels with tomato sauce. Small balls make a very nice appetizer, too. From the New England chapter of the United States Regional Cookbook, Culinary Arts Institute of Chicago, 1947. Overnight soaking time not included in preparation time.

Top Review by Mia 3

Hi!! These are great I make them myself, I just love codfish! ( I'm Portuguese), Try adding some chopped parsely and really finally chopped onion into your cakes, you will get even a better flavour out of them.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Pour off water and shred fish by placing on a cutting board and pulling apart with a fork.
  2. Cook potatoes until tender, drain thoroughly and return to the pot in which they were cooked.
  3. Shake over the heat until thoroughly dry; mash well and add butter and seasonings and beat until light.
  4. Add flaked codfish, beaten egg and continue beating until mixture is light and fluffy.
  5. Add more salt if necessary.
  6. Form into balls and drop into deep hot fat (385F); fry until golden.
  7. Drain on absorbent paper and keep warm until ready to serve.

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