Juan’s Bacalao Frito
Fried Cod Fish
I can get fresh Codfish these days but for
centuries in Spain and much of Europe it
was most common to find it Salted and
dried (Bacalao en Salazón). I used to
occasionally get it like this at a little Cuban
Market for my restaurant (Cafe Sevilla-
Recipe of the Month Cordero a la
Mancha). When you get it like this, you
have to soak it in cold water for at least 24
hours and rinse it many times to get rid of
the salt and rehydrate it. Surprisingly, once
this is done, the Fish seems at least as fresh
as it would if it had been frozen in water.
1. Codfish Fillet……………a couple or
2. 2 Eggs
4. Olive Oil
6. Fish Fry Batter mix such as Louisiana
Today I have it fresh and filleted. So I cut it
into bite sized chunks. This is how it is
sometimes served as a Tapa when not made
into a Buñuelo (Croquette).
First I crack a couple Eggs in a mixing
Then I beat them without mercy.
Thoroughly cover the chunks in the Egg.
In the Mediterranean (Spain, Italy etc.) the
batter would be different (e.g. Breadcrumbs,
Flour) but I’m in Texas right now so I like to
add some Louisiana Seasoned Fish Fry
Batter to some Flour.
As with most fish frying in this part of the
world, this has Cornmeal in it. You can get a
variety of these mixes in most grocery stores
Sometimes I shake the chunks and batter in
a paper sack.
Or just drag them around in a baking pan.
Now of course, as with all things sane and
rational, I will need some Garlic.
In enough Olive Oil to half cover the
battered fish chunks, I cook the Garlic until
it just starts to brown and then remove
it…………..or at least as much of it as I can
get out. Don’t discard them but put them in a
pan that is big enough to hold the fish later.
Dump in the battered Fish chunks.
Stir them around constantly.
Remove them and put them in the pan with
the fried Garlic.
You could serve it as a Tapa or maybe with
other stuff like I did here.
I dumped some Aïoli on it and served it with
Cornbread, Turnip Greens and Pinto
You will need some Pepper Sauce if you
serve it this way.
The neighbor’s cat was lurking around in the
bushes nearby the whole time but we ate it