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Fried Codfish Fritters Recipe

These Brazilian Fried Fritters Will Have You Fishing For More

Brazilian Flair in the USA shares with us a simple codfish fritter recipe that goes straight from the sea to the fryer. Served with a slice of lime and your favorite drink, these deliciously crunchy appetizers will have you fishing for more!

The other day we went out to have dinner and we saw codfish fritters on the menu and I got very excited. Last time we had these was when we were in Brazil. These little balls can be found in any bar or restaurant there and it is delicious!!! So, we had high expectations with these little fritters but we were disappointed because there was so much potato in it we could barely even taste the codfish. So, here is my favorite bolinho bacalhau (codfish balls) recipe. It is very Brazilian with a Portuguese flair and Norwegian fish.

Codfish Fitters

From Brazilian Flair in the USA


Serve them with slices of lime and a caipirinha or your favorite drink.

Fried Codfish Fritters Recipe


  1. 1 pound bacalhau (dry salted codfish)
    4 starchy potatoes
    1 egg
    2 garlic cloves
    1 onion, shredded
    1 handful fresh parsley, chopped
    Flour, just enough to bind
    1 handful fresh cilantro, chopped


  1. Leave the bacalhau at least 48 hours covered in water, changing water as many times as you remember.
  2. Cook the potatoes and mash them. Set aside.
  3. Start shredding the bacalhau with your hands until the fish is completely broken into very small pieces.
  4. Add the fish to the mashed potatoes and mix with your hands as much as possible to homogenize the mixture.
  5. Try the mixture and see if it needs any salt.
  6. Add the egg, the smashed garlic cloves, onions, and parsley cut in very small pieces. Mix everything very well again until all is incorporated and homogenized.
  7. Make little balls of any size and let it refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  8. Fry in very hot and generous amount of oil. At least half of the cakes must be covered when frying. Let them fry until golden and then turn the cakes around and fry the other side. Remove from the pan and let the cakes dry on paper towels for few seconds and then serve.
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