How to Make Saltfish Accra

Published Date
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Prep Time
24 mins
Cook Time
4 mins
Total Time
28 mins
Recipe Type
13-18 pieces

Saltfish Accra is a pillowy salt cod fritters which is 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. It is also easy to make from scratch as shown in our recipe below. We hope you enjoy it!

  • 1/2 lb boneless salt cod fillet
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ¼ to 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 small finely diced onion
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped scallions
  • 1/4 teaspoon chopped thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon parsley chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced hot pepper
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • ground black pepper to taste
  1. Place salt cod in a pan and cover with water. Bring to the boil. Then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. Drain and rinse the fish with cold water multiple times to remove the excess salt. Shred and set aside.
  3. 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.
  4. Add shredded cod fish and season with brown sugar as well as hot pepper and black pepper. Adjust with additional salt according to preference if necessary.
  5. Pour enough oil into a deep pan for deep frying and set to medium/high heat.
  6. Scoop batter into the oil using a spoon and deep fry for 3-4 minutes. Flip constantly until golden brown all over. Do not overcrowd the pan to prevent the temperature of the oil from dropping.

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