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

How to Make Bacalaitos Frito (Codfish Fritters)


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

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About Bacalaitos Frito (Codfish Fritters)

Course/Dish: Seafood Appetizers
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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