Tuesday, September 27, 2011


Bacalaítos are salt cod fritters filled with minced cod fish and can be garnished with cilantro, tomatoes and onions.  They are a traditional Puerto Rican snack and one of my favorites since I was a little girl. They are usually served at beaches and festivals in Puerto Rico. They are crisp on the outside and chewy in the inside. So yummy!

1/4 lb. bacalao (cod fish)
3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/3 tsp. salt
3/4 cup water
1 garlic clove
2 cilantro leaves
1 envelope sazón seasoning
Pepper sprinkle
Vegetable oil

  • Cut the bacalao in chunks, place in a pot, cover with water and boil on high for 15 minutes.
  • Drain, debone, wash and shred.
  • In a bowl, combine flour, salt and baking powder.
  • Add the water slowly and mix to make a thick like sauce.
  • Add the pepper and sazón and stir well. Be sure to stir by hand.
  • In a mortar (pilon), crush the garlic and cilantro leaves and add to the mix.
  • Add the shredded bacalao and mix well.
  • In a frying pan, pre-heat lots of vegetable oil.
  • Fry the bacalaitos on high heat by dropping big spoonfuls in hot oil.
  • Turn as needed. Bacalaitos are done when they are golden on both sides.
  • Drain on paper towels and let them cool before biting into them.

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