Garbanzos con Bacalao Recipe

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Juanita Published: June 25, 2021
Garbanzos con Bacalao Recipe

How To Make Garbanzos con Bacalao

Garbanzos con bacalao is a Spanish stew that has chickpeas and cod. It’s hearty, delicious, and definitely worth the effort.

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 2 hours 10 minutes
Marinate Time: 1 day 12 hours
Total: 1 day 14 hours 30 minutes



  • 8ozsea cod loin
  • 9ozgarbanzos,dried, also known as chickpeas
  • 1pinchbaking soda
  • ¼cupspanish extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6clovegarlic
  • 2ozfirm white bread,sliced
  • 2tbsppimenton
  • 1pinchspanish saffron threads
  • 1tspground cumin
  • 2tbspspanish sherry vinegar
  • sea salt,to taste
  • white pepper,to taste


  1. Put the cod in a large bowl, skin side up. Cover with water, and refrigerate for 36 hours, changing the water at least 3 times to remove the salt.

  2. When changing the water, however, reserve about one-third of the soaking liquid so the fish will retain some of the salty flavor. (The soaking time needed to release the salt from the fish may vary depending on the thickness of the salt cod.)

  3. The night before cooking the stew, combine the dried chickpeas and baking soda in a bowl and cover with cold water. Allow to soak overnight, then drain and rinse the chickpeas.

  4. In a large saucepan, combine the chickpeas with 2½ quarts of water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 2 hours until chickpeas are tender.

  5. Every 10 minutes or so, add ¼ cup of cold water to slow down the simmer. By the time the chickpeas have cooked, the water should have reduced so it barely covers the chickpeas. Remove from the heat and set saucepan aside.

  6. Heat the olive oil in a small sauté pan over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and cook for about 3 minutes on each side until browned on all sides.

  7. Transfer the garlic to a mortar. Add the bread to the pan and brown on both sides, about 1 minute on each side, then transfer the bread to the mortar with the garlic and set aside.

  8. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the oil to cool for a few minutes. Add the pimentón, saffron, cumin, and vinegar to the pan and mix well.

  9. In the mortar, mash the toasted garlic and bread into a thick paste.

  10. Return the chickpeas to the stove and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the pimentón mixture and the garlic-bread paste. The liquid should become a thick sauce. Simmer for 5 minutes.

  11. Slice the cod into 1-inch-thick pieces and add them to the stew. Simmer for about 6 minutes or until cod is cooked through. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve immediately.


  • Calories: 279.45kcal
  • Fat: 16.16g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.26g
  • Trans Fat: 0.00g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 10.40g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.62g
  • Carbohydrates: 19.07g
  • Fiber: 4.71g
  • Sugar: 1.25g
  • Protein: 15.62g
  • Cholesterol: 24.38mg
  • Sodium: 381.65mg
  • Calcium: 71.71mg
  • Potassium: 456.55mg
  • Iron: 2.72mg
  • Vitamin A: 91.52µg
  • Vitamin C: 2.14mg
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