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Codfish Balls Recipe-384

Photo by: Tom Eckerle
Comments: 1


Yield: Makes 12 codfish balls, or 4 to 6 codfish cakes


  • 1 cup salt cod, shredded (about ½ pound)
  • 1 cup hand-mashed boiled potatoes
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • Freshly milled black pepper
  • ¼ cup milk plus additional milk for soaking the salt cod
  • Dried unseasoned bread crumbs
  • Lard or vegetable oil



Soak the cod in cold water to cover for 12 hours, changing the water two or three times.

Soak the fish in milk to cover for another 6 hours.

In a bowl, shred the fish and mash together with the potatoes.

Combine with 1 of the eggs and pepper to taste. Shape the mixture into walnut – sized balls.

In a shallow bowl, combine the remaining 2 eggs with the ¼ cup milk. Place the bread crumbs in another shallow bowl.

Dip each ball in the egg and milk mixture and roll in the bread crumbs. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Fill a large skillet with 1½ inches of melted lard or oil. Set over moderately high heat.

When the oil just begins to simmer, add as many balls as will fit without touching.

Fry quickly, turning, until golden brown.

Drain on paper towels and cover to keep warm.

Fry the remaining balls and serve hot.

© Christopher Idone

Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

Nutritional information is based on 6 servings.

549kcal (27%)
226mg (23%)
9mg (15%)
87mcg RAE (3%)
279mg (93%)
8075mg (336%)
3g (13%)
20g (31%)
4mg (22%)

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  • nemeroffn

    06.07.10 Flag comment

    This recipe left out one vital step --- even after soaking the salt cod overnight in water and then for 6 hours in milk --- IT STILL NEEDS TO BE POACHED IN SIMMERING WATER FOR AT LEAST 6 TO 10 MINUTES !!!!
    Thank heavens I didn't serve this to company ----the texture was good but it tasted like pure saltwater.
    Hope you can correct this !!!



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