Bacalaitos Frito (Codfish Fritters)

Ana Santiago


My Mom would fry up a big batch of Bacalaitos on Saturday afternoons to hold us over until dinner time. With 9 kids this recipe was something she could make quickly...we would stand in line with our napkin ready for Mom to drop our fritter in...Memories!

You can find dry salted codfish in Latin, Italian & Greek markets. I prefer boneless for this recipe.
You can easily double the recipe & for added color add one packet Sazon with Achiote to batter.

★★★★★ 2 votes
15 Min
10 Min


1/2 lb
dry salted codfish (rinse off salt then put in container with warm water for 1 hour)
2 c
all purpose flour
1/2 tsp
baking powder
1/8 tsp
black pepper
1 1/2 c
good shake of dried parsley
oil for frying


1In a bowl put the flour, baking powder, pepper and parsley
2Strain the codfish that's been soaking and flake with your hands (or a fork)
3Slowly whisk water into dry ingredients to make a batter
4Add codfish to batter and stir with spatula, scraping bowl as you stir
5Fry by 1/4 or 1/2 cupfuls in hot oil (350 degrees) turning once until nice & golden (don't burn)
6Strain on paper towels, serve immediately.

About Bacalaitos Frito (Codfish Fritters)

Course/Dish: Seafood Appetizers
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtags: #dry, #Salted, #codfish, #Bacalao