How to Make Saltfish Accra

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Saltfish Accra is a pillowy salt cod fritter popular throughout the Caribbean, such as Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, and Barbados. It is the perfect finger food or as a quick street food snack to go. If you cannot find salt cod, we've also included instructions on how to make Saltfish Accra using fresh cod filets. Whether you use salt cod or fresh cod Saltfish Accra is easy to make from scratch, as shown in our recipe below. We hope you enjoy it!


Author: Classic Bakes Editorial Team
Average: 4.1 (28 votes)
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
24 mins
Total Time
39 mins
13-18 pieces



Place salt cod in a pan and cover with water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. If using fresh cod, cook it for 10-12 minutes. 
Saltfish simmering in a pot
Drain and rinse the fish with cold water multiple times to remove the excess salt. Shred and set aside.
Saltfish being strained in a colander over a pot
If you are using fresh cod, drain it, allow it to cool slightly, then shred it and set it aside.
Saltfish being shredded with a fork
Using a bowl, Sift Flour and baking powder, and whisk to combine. Add egg and milk to create a smooth batter then mix in onions with garlic and scallions. Follow up with cilantro and thyme as well as parsley.
Saltfish accra batter being mixed in a bowl with a fork
Add shredded cod fish and season with brown sugar as well as hot pepper and black pepper. Add salt to taste if needed.
Saltfish being added stirred into the batter
Pour enough oil into a deep pan or deep fryer and set to medium/high heat.
Oil heating up in a wok
Scoop batter into the oil using a spoon and deep-fry for 3-4 minutes. Flip constantly using kitchen tongs, until golden brown all over. Do not overcrowd the pan to prevent the temperature of the oil from dropping.
Saltfish Accra frying in oil
 Drain the saltfish Accra on a paper towel-lined tray and enjoy with your favorite dipping sauce. 
Saltfish Accra being dipped in sauce with chopsticks

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