Salt Cod Croquettes Recipe

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Aldrovanda Silva Modified: March 24, 2022
Salt Cod Croquettes Recipe

How To Make Salt Cod Croquettes

Crispy on the outside and fluffy in the center, these salt-cod croquettes combines boneless cod, herbs, and bread crumbs for tasty fish cakes.

Preparation: 1 hour 10 minutes
Cooking: 40 minutes
Additional Time: 1 day 40 minutes
Total: 1 day 2 hours 30 minutes



  • ½lbsalt cod,skinless boneless
  • 1cupmilk
  • 2thyme sprigs
  • 1bay leaf
  • 8clovesgarlic
  • 1lbYukon gold potatoes
  • 1tbspextra virgin olive oil
  • 1large shallot
  • 3tbspcilantro,chopped
  • 1tsppiment d’espelette
  • 1large egg yolk
  • 3large eggs
  • 1cupall purpose flour
  • cupsfine breadcrumbs
  • vegetable oil
  • lemon wedges,for serving


  1. In a medium bowl, cover the salt cod with cold water and soak in the refrigerator for 24 hours or for up to 2 days. Change the water at least 3 times.

  2. Drain the salt cod; transfer to a large saucepan. Add the milk, thyme, bay leaf, and smashed garlic. Pour in enough water to cover the fish by 2-inches.

  3. Simmer over low heat for 20 minutes, until the fish flakes with a fork. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the fish to a plate and let cool. Flake the fish.

  4. Add the potatoes to the saucepan and simmer for 10 minutes until tender. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the potatoes to a large bowl along with 2 tablespoons of the cooking liquid; mash to a coarse puree.

  5. In a small skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the shallot and minced garlic and cook over moderate heat for about 4 minutes until softened. Scrape the mixture into the bowl with the potatoes.

  6. Add the salt cod, cilantro, piment d’Espelette, and egg yolk and stir until blended. Refrigerate the mixture for at least 30 minutes until chilled.

  7. In a shallow bowl, beat the eggs with 1 teaspoon of water. Put the flour and breadcrumbs in shallow bowls. Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Form the salt cod mixture into 1-tablespoon-size balls.

  8. Dredge the balls in flour, dip them in the beaten eggs, and coat with the breadcrumbs. Arrange the croquettes on the prepared baking sheet and refrigerate for about 10 minutes until chilled.

  9. Fill a large, deep skillet with ½-inch of vegetable oil and heat until shimmering. Working in 2 batches, fry the croquettes over high heat, turning once or twice, for about 4 minutes until golden all over; drain on paper towels.

  10. Transfer the croquettes to a platter and serve with lemon wedges.


  • Calories: 76.08kcal
  • Fat: 2.04g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.45g
  • Trans Fat: 0.01g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 0.99g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.40g
  • Carbohydrates: 8.88g
  • Fiber: 0.83g
  • Sugar: 1.02g
  • Protein: 5.57g
  • Cholesterol: 27.79mg
  • Sodium: 437.52mg
  • Calcium: 32.35mg
  • Potassium: 176.42mg
  • Iron: 0.77mg
  • Vitamin A: 14.47µg
  • Vitamin C: 6.79mg
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