Portuguese Cod Fish Fritters (Bolinhos de Bacalhau)

Bolinhos de Bacalhau is a traditional Portuguese recipe that is loved by many for its crispy exterior and flavorful, flaky interior. Made with salt cod, potatoes, onions, and parsley, these cod fish fritters are a popular appetizer or snack in Portugal. They are simple to make and are often served at family gatherings, festivals, and celebrations. In this recipe, we will show you how to make authentic Bolinhos de Bacalhau that will transport your taste buds to Portugal.


  • 1 lb. salt cod
  • 1 lb. potatoes
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Oil, for frying


  1. Soak the salt cod in water overnight, changing the water every 4-6 hours.
  2. Boil the potatoes until they are tender, then mash them.
  3. Drain the cod and remove any skin and bones. Flake the cod with a fork and add it to the mashed potatoes.
  4. Add the chopped onion, parsley, beaten eggs, flour, baking powder, salt, and pepper to the potato and cod mixture. Mix well.
  5. Using a spoon or your hands, shape the mixture into small balls or fritters.
  6. Heat oil in a deep frying pan over medium-high heat.
  7. Once the oil is hot, carefully add the fritters to the pan, a few at a time.
  8. Fry the fritters until they are golden brown, turning them over occasionally to ensure they are cooked evenly.
  9. Remove the fritters with a slotted spoon and place them on a paper towel to remove excess oil.
  10. Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauce.

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