Portuguese Salt Cod Fritters

Serves 4-6
Total Time
40 Minutes
400g of fluffy potatoes (such as Maris Piper), mashed
500g of cod fillet, skin removed
100g of sea salt
500ml of whole milk (approx.) to poach fish
1 packet dill (approx. 25g), half finely chopped (other half reserved for salad)
1 packet coriander (approx. 25g), half finely chopped (other half reserved for salad)
1 packet parsley (approx. 25g), half finely chopped (other half reserved for salad)
2 eggs
2 spring onions, finely chopped
Pinch of chilli flakes (optional)
1 lime, zest only (reserve juice for squeezing over salad)
1 large garlic clove, grated
50g of plain flour
For the salad
2-4 little gem, sliced lengthways in wedges
½ cucumber, sliced in crescents
1 spring onion, finely chopped
Reserved coriander, roughly chopped
Reserved dill, roughly chopped
Reserved parsley, roughly chopped
Lime juice, to taste
Olive oil, to taste
Step 1

First make your quick salt cod by placing half of the salt on a large plate, and placing the fish fillets on top, pushing them into the salt beneath. Top with the remaining salt and push this into the surface of the fish.

Step 2

Leave for at least 10 minutes to draw out moisture and toughen the flesh. Rinse the fish, then place in a frying pan and cover with milk. Bring to the boil and turn off, leaving for several minutes until the fish is cooked through. Pour through a colander and rinse, using your hands to break the fish into large flakes. Set aside to dry out.

Step 3

In a large bowl mix the mashed potato with the herbs, eggs, spring onion, chilli flakes (if using), lime zest, garlic clove and flour. Mix well and season with pepper (avoid using salt at this stage as the cod will be salty). Add the cod and gently mix through. Using two table spoons form into loose quenelles, or rough balls, and place on a greased baking tray. Refrigerate for half an hour.

Step 4

To cook, heat ½tbsp olive oil in a large frying pan and fry for two minutes a side until dark brown and crispy (that’s three sides if using quenelle shape). Mix all salad ingredients and serve alongside the fritters.

Recipe Courtesy of LovePotatoes.co.uk

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