• Prep Time
    35 Mins
  • Cook Time
    0 Mins
  • Total Time
    35 Mins
  • The base number of servings for this recipe is 8

    Bolinhos de Bacalhau (Fried Salt Cod Cakes)

    Bolinhos de Bacalhau are a popular savory appetizer and snack food in Brazil. They are simple to prepare at home for your party of 2 or 200. Made from inexpensive and accessible ingredients, like salt cod, potatoes and onions, you don't need to go further than your local store to get everything you need.  

    salt cod
    extra virgin olive oil
    onion, finely chopped
    large egg yolks
    yellow potatoes, cooked and mashed
    kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
    finely chopped fresh parsley
    vegetable oil, for frying
    Cover the salt cod with cool water. Soak for 36 hours, changing the water every 8 hours.
    Drain cod and pat dry. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add cod and cook until warmed through and softened. Cool and then shred. Set aside.
    Heat remaining olive oil in a skillet set over medium heat. Add onions and saute until tender. Remove from the heat and cool.
    Put egg yolks in a bowl and lightly beat. Add cooled onions, shredded cod, potatoes, salt, pepper and parsley. Mix thoroughly.
    Mold into bite-sized portions in your preferred shape – typically served as a round orb or football-like with pinched edges on either side.
    Heat a pot of vegetable oil to 350F. Fry bolinhos until browned and crispy.

    The base number of servings for this recipe is 8

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