Codfish Fritters – Pataniscas

Codfish Fritters - Pataniscas - Tasting Portugal
A classic from Lisbon, locally called “Pataniscas”, these codfish fritters are a much appreciated treat served as an appetizer or a main course.

for 4 people

300gr desalted salt cod
1 medium onion
2 garlic cloves
1 cup of flour
1 egg
1 cup of water (or 1/2 water and 1/2 milk)
1 Tbsp of olive oil
Fresh parsley
Sea salt
Fresh ground black pepper
Oil to deep fry

Codfish Fritters Batter - Tasting Portugal

Deep Frying the Cod Fish Fritters - Tasting Portugal

1. Remove skin and bones from the desalted salt cod. Shred the cod with your hands.
2. Finely chop the onion and the garlic cloves.
3. Chop the parsley
4. In a bowl combine the water, egg and olive oil. Add the flour and whisk heavily.
5. Add the onion, garlic, cod and the parsley.
6. Season to your taste with sea salt and fresh ground pepper.
7. Heat the oil up in a large frying pan. Spoon the batter with the help of a serving spoon.
8. When you place the batter into the oil, the spoon should drop the batter back/front so that they stay flat. If you drop the batter from front to back the fritters will be thick and round.
9. Turn the fritters around until they’re golden.
10. Remove the fritters from the frying pan and let them rest on a plate covered with kitchen paper towel.

Serve with a green salad or any of these rices – tomato / tomato & red sweet peppers / beans / green sprouts.

This recipe is a traditional recipe from the Portuguese Cuisine – Estremadura Region (Lisbon).

Bom Proveito! (Enjoy it!)

My Notes

Trashing the Classic – NOT Traditional at all
This batter also makes delicious savoury pancakes, is as simple as changing the cooking method.
No To Food Waste:
If you have fish leftovers replace the codfish with the leftovers.
Codfish Pancakes
Trashing the Classic – My kids love “pataniscas” but deep fry food is something we only eat occasionally, these pancakes are an option for our brunch.
Cod Fish Fritters served with rice - Tasting Portugal
Pataniscas – Codfish fritters a classic from Lisbon’s region.

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