Posted on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 in Seafood Recipes

Gorete's Portuguese Cod Fish Cakes

These Portuguese cod fish cakes (bolinhos de bacalhau) are very popular and a favorite amongst Portuguese people.
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Gorete's Portuguese Cod Fish Cakes

Preparation time 20 min
Cooking Time 25 min
Ready In 45 min
Level of DifficultyEasy
Servings6

Ingredients

3 cups of salt cod fish, cooked and shredded3 medium potatoes, cooked and mashed10 parsley sprigs, finely chopped1 bunch of green onions, finely chopped5 teaspoons of red pepper sauce (to taste)4 eggs, if it's to hard, add moreOil, for frying2 garlic cloves (for potatoes)1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes (for potatoes)
3 cups of salt cod fish, cooked and shredded3 medium potatoes, cooked and mashed10 parsley sprigs, finely chopped1 bunch of green onions, finely chopped5 teaspoons of red pepper sauce (to taste)4 eggs, if it's to hard, add moreOil, for frying2 garlic cloves (for potatoes)1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes (for potatoes)
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Preparation

  1. Rinse the salt off of the cod fish. 
  2. Cover the cod with cold water and soak for 24 hours, changing water two or three times.
  3. Drain off the water.
  4. In a saucepan, cover the cod with cold water and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until tender.
  6. Drain, and when cool enough to handle, remove any skin and bones, then shred it.
  7. In a saucepan, boil the peeled potatoes in salted water with 2 garlic cloves and hot pepper flakes just until tender, then drain and mash.
  8. In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients until well mixed using a hand mixer.
  9. Taste it, and adjust the salt and pepper if needed.
  10. Heat frying pan and add a bit of oil.
  11. Form a small patty and fry over medium heat.
  12. When the bottom turns golden brown, flip and fry the other side.
  13. Continue making the cakes, stirring the mixture often, adding oil as needed.
  14. Drain the cakes on paper towels.
  15. Cakes can be served hot or at room temperature.
Recipe & Photo Credit: Chef Gorete, food.com
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John
John
I am so glad I found this recipe my Grandma made these for me when I was a little guy an can't wait to make them thank you for the recipe
1 year ago, Tuesday, September 27, 2022
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David Meyerdirk
David Meyerdirk
My comment comes to you in the form of a question... I have had no luck finding salted cod. I will attempt this recipe with fresh cod instead. My question refers to the method. Is there an air fryer option, and if so, what adjustments would I need to make it work?
1 year ago, Tuesday, July 26, 2022
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Eddy
Hi David, fresh cod should be fine. As far as the air fryer, when you form the cakes, make sure they are a bit on the harder side, if they are to soft they will flatten out.
1 year ago, Tuesday, July 26, 2022
Duarte Cabral
Duarte Cabral
I've found that if I put the in the air fryer, they come out just as good and not greasy.
2 years ago, Monday, March 28, 2022
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Susan Roberts
Susan Roberts
It sounds great and like my dad made!
2 years ago, Monday, January 17, 2022
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Eddy
Glad to hear Susan.
2 years ago, Monday, January 17, 2022
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