Cod & Potato Tapas

"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."
photo by Arichka photo by Arichka
photo by Arichka
Ready In:
13hrs 45mins
60 pieces




  • Rinse and soak the cod 12 hours or overnight in several changes of cold water.
  • 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.
  • Drain , cool and remove skin and bones.
  • Shred finely in the food processor making sure ther are no chunks.
  • Combine cod, potatoes, onion, parsley , lemon juice, nutmeg and pepper. taste and adjust seasoning.
  • Stir in eggs to form a firm , malleable mixture.
  • 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.
  • In 3 inches of oil heated to 375F deep fry ovals about 8 at a time till golden and crisp. Drain immediately.
  • Serve with lemon and olives.

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  1. Arichka
    Best eaten warm with garlic aioli. Made it for tapas party, it was a big hit.
  2. Mia 3
    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.
  3. najwa
    Nice flavors .. Will make it again, thanks!
  4. CountryLady
    While I'm a fish lover, I've never had cod cakes before. They were quite tasty, at room temperature, with Connie's Aioli but I preferred the leftovers warmed up in the microwave. Thanx for posting the recipe Connie & thanx for bringing them to my tapas party!
  5. AnnieCan
    These were an absolute 5 for me. A distant memory of cod cakes my mother made which I did not care for at all and then the realization that this was a mouthful of 'sinfully delicious' and it is not even dessert time! I had a love affair with these well into the evening at the Tapas party. Picky about fish husband loved these too. If you are going to make these, Connie's 'Garlic Rosemary Aioli' compliments these perfectly and perfectly delicious, than you.


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