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Recipe: Saltfish Fritters August 12, 2009

Jamaican Saltfish Fritters

Jamaican Saltfish Fritters


  • 1/2 lb of Saltfish (Codfish)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 3 cups of flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp of black pepper
  • 2 cups of water
  • Oil for frying



  • Soak the fish in water for half an hour
  • Chop the garlic, pepper and onion into small pieces
  • Flake the fish into small pieces after it has finished soaking
  • Shift the flour into a bowl
  • In the same bowl stir in the onion, garlic, pepper, salt and pepper
  • Slowly stir in the water, stop adding the water when the mixture has a slightly sloppy consistency
  • Fill the frying pan about 1/2 inch deep with oil and heat. Spoon fritters (about 1 heaped tablespoon of the mixture) into the pan, fry for 10 minutes, turn over then fry the other side for a further 5 minutes. Repeat until all of the fritters are cooked.
  • Place the fritters onto a piece of kitchen roll to absorb some of the excess oil
  • Serve on their own or with bread or bully beef

2 Responses to “Recipe: Saltfish Fritters”

  1. Those look really tasty! Do you use regular cooking oil or will olive oil work as well?

    I’ll have to give them a try when I’m in JA in a month, oh how I miss the saltfish!

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