Salt Cod Fritters

(Bacalaíto Fritos)

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The salt cod fritters are fried foods that are sold at food stands (kiosks) along the beach or at the town’s festivals in Puerto Rico.  The salt cod fritters are normally medium size and fried thin but some individuals prefer them thicker and larger.  You can’t stop eating these crunchy salty fish flavored fritters once you taste them.  The next time you want to surprise your guests with a tropical appetizer – serve them these delicious Salt Cod Fritters.

The salt cod is the main ingredient in preparing these appetizers.  The Spanish term for the dried and salted cod fish is Bacalao.  In order to consume this fish, we must first desalt, cook and shred the salt cod.  This produces a delicate texture and a milder fish taste.

Today, we purchase the authentic salt cod or Salted Pollock fillets to prepare this dish. The Pollock is also a member of the cod fish family.  I, however, prefer the Salted Pollock fillets due to the reduction of the food preparation time.  Even though you still need to desalt, cook and shred the Salted Pollock fillets, you eliminate, however, the skin and bone removal process that is required when using the authentic salt cod.

Side Note:  I would attend many town’s festivals for their food (especially salt cod fritters), music and for the possibility of meeting a handsome Puerto Rican.  Well let me tell you, I definitely enjoyed the food and music but I never had any luck in being pursued by a Latin man at these festivals!

Let’s Start Mixing the Ingredients!

Add the baking powder, black pepper, salt and flour in a bowl.   Mix all the ingredients until well blended.

Now we will pour the milk and water as well as adding the minced garlic and chopped cilantro. 


We are ready to add the main ingredient – cooked shredded salt cod.    

Click on this link to learn How to Desalt, Cook and Shred Salt Cod.

Stir with a spoon all the ingredients until well blended.

Once a batter is formed, we can start frying the salt cod mixture.    

It’s Time to Fry the Salt Cod Batter!

In a large skillet, heat 1 cup of oil to 365°F.  Measure ¼ cup of the salt cod batter and carefully pour into skillet.  Fry until golden brown on one side.

With a spatula, carefully turn the salt cod fritters to the other side and continue frying until golden brown. 


Remove from skillet and place on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb the excess oil.  Serve warm and enjoy these salt cod fritters.







Click on the button below to watch my YouTube video on How to Make Salt Cod Fritters!

Recipe and Nutritional Facts

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Salt Cod Fritters

  • Author: Aida's Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12 Salt Cod Fritters 1x


Surprise your guests with these crunchy tasty fish flavored fritters that are so popular in the Puerto Rican culture.



  • ½ pound salted pollock fillets, desalted, cooked and shredded
  • 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt (low sodium)
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1½ cups water
  • ½ cup skim milk
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 4 sprigs fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup canola oil for frying


  1. In a large bowl, mix baking powder, black pepper, flour and salt.
  2. Pour milk, water, minced galic, chopped cilantro and cooked shredded pollock.
  3. Stir until all the ingredients are well blended and a batter is formed.
  4. Heat oil in a 12-inch skillet to 365°F.
  5. Measure ¼ cup of salt cod batter and pour into skillet.
  6. Fry until golden brown on both sides.
  7. Place on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb the excess oil.
  8. Serve warm.


See video and food blogging post on how to desalt, cook and shred salt cod.

  • Category: Appetizers
  • Cuisine: Puerto Rican

Keywords: Salt Cod Fritters

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