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Impulse buy- salt cod- now what?! Help!

stuck in Hartford County Oct 18, 2008 08:27 AM

I just bought fine looking (Whole Paycheck!) salt cod, but now I'm not sure what to do with it. Recipes I have are, for the most part, of the fried kind. Does anyone have other ideas? It just seems like a waste to make fritters. Help!

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    silverstarfish May 19, 2011 05:09 PM

    My Portugese in-laws make a great salt cod dish that is like a fritatta. Lightly poached salt cod that is broken into chunks, fried potato cubes, cooked onions, chopped parsley and garlic all mixed together,put in a pan and pour in a few beaten eggs. Then bake in the oven until it sets.
    Great with a little hot sauce.

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      burnthaggis Oct 24, 2008 05:56 AM

      My favorite salt cod dish is still an old "down on the farm" recipe, Salt Cod Gravy (also known as Creamed Cod) over baked potatoes or biscuits. Freshen the fish as directed. Make a white sauce, seasoned as desired, add the cod and allow to heat through. Serve over potatoes, biscuits or toast. Great comfort food!

      1. Cheese Boy Oct 23, 2008 11:48 PM

        A reply reminded me about another fave... Bacalao à la Vizcaina.

        1. iamtheeiceworm Oct 23, 2008 11:45 AM

          it's a shame that so many recipes involving salt cod are fried.

          my family is puertorrican, and one of our favorite dishes is bacalao con berenjena (salt cod with eggplant). this is how i make it: in a large skillet saute one whole onion, diced, with two minced garlic cloves in olive oil. cut eggplant into one-inch cubes (i also like to use sliced japanese eggplant) and add to the skillet, cooking until almost done. break the prepared cod into chunks and add, along with a diced tomato and diced pepper of any kind. once everything is cooked through and the tomatoes have broken down, season with coriander and black pepper, and top with chopped fresh cilantro or culantro.

          my mother and i like it over steamed potatoes, yucca, and fried plantains. my dad likes it over rice (either white rice, or rice and pigeon peas), and my boyfriend likes to eat it cold in a pita with lettuce or sprouts.

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          1. re: iamtheeiceworm
            bushwickgirl Sep 29, 2009 06:48 PM

            I know this is an old post but when I mentioned bacalao con berenjena to my Puerto Rican husband, his eyes lit up like it was Christmas. I guess I'll have to make it for him. Salt cod (or Pollock) is cheap and plentiful in my 'hood. thanks!

            1. re: bushwickgirl
              stuck in Hartford County Oct 2, 2009 09:14 AM

              I ended up making a really delicious salt-cod stew. I brought portions of it into the teachers lounge for several lunches, and had to give out the recipe several times. Now I have a new ingredient in my arsenal. It seems that salt cod is used in a variety of international cuisines. Thanks for the feedback.

              1. re: stuck in Hartford County
                Delucacheesemonger Oct 2, 2009 09:35 AM

                Another recipe for you, called by the French 'Morue Auvergnat', Essentially Brandade but not smoothed up. Large chunks of potato and cod baked after cooking. l love it and far more than morue as with so much less fat, it is not as heavy and can be a main dish not an appetizer.

          2. jayt90 Oct 20, 2008 05:20 AM

            While brandade de morue is my favorite,it requires a lot of preparation.
            Salt cod with ackee is a simpler Caribbean dish, much like salt cod and scrambled eggs. If you have ever wondered why ackee fruit in cans costs $7 this dish will will explain it perfectly. Here is one way to prepare it: http://eatjamaican.com/recipes/ackeeandsaltfish-recipe.html
            and another: http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/dat...
            (the second recipe is not boneless, and preferred by Jamaicans.)

            1. Gin and It Oct 20, 2008 03:58 AM

              A brandade-like casserole made with mashed potatoes, mashed celery root, sauteed onions, garlic, and strained goat-milk yogurt.

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                tmso Oct 20, 2008 01:40 AM

                We make it by soaking for one day, changing the water halfway through, then baking with olives, capers, onion, potatoes and olive oil.

                You can also rinse pieces of it and let it reconstitute directly in a pot of simmering beans.

                1. Cheese Boy Oct 18, 2008 11:22 PM

                  Some of the recipes can be used interchangeably at your discretion, but look under "S" for salt cod recipes first.

                  Cod Recipes --> http://recipes.lovetoknow.com/wiki/Ca...

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                  1. re: Cheese Boy
                    flowergarden129 Oct 19, 2008 11:40 AM

                    My all time favorite salt cod recipe involves first soaking it. I like to leave it a little salty--usually soak in water overnight, then drain (i.e. no water changes). Put it in a saucepan with clean water and boil for a couple of minutes, then drain well. Meanwhile fry onions (cut into long slivers) in a very hot pan until they soften, carmelize, and get bits of dark brown. Add diced, deseeded hot pepper (habaneros are traditional) to taste. Fry them a minute, then add bacalao broken into chunks. Fry it, stirring constantly, until it too gets a bit crusty here and there. Add a large diced tomato (or two medium ones, diced) and fry until it softens. Traditionally eaten with roti bread (flat bread), also very good with rice. Yum.

                    1. re: flowergarden129
                      CeeBee Oct 24, 2008 05:07 AM

                      Oh that sounds good! I may have to try that soon, thanks for posting,

                  2. mrsleny Oct 18, 2008 10:18 PM

                    I like the balcalhau recipe from The Nero Wolfe Cookbook, believe it or not.


                    1. Deenso Oct 18, 2008 06:09 PM

                      From The New York Times website today, here's a recipe for brandade...


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                        Miss Mac Oct 18, 2008 05:39 PM

                        Although Newfoundland-style fish cakes are near and dear to my heart, one of the best Spanish tapas I've ever had was salt cod with scrambled eggs. The eggs were barely set, with chunks of flavourful yet delicate salt cod. Fabulous!

                        1. stuck in Hartford County Oct 18, 2008 10:18 AM

                          Thank you so much! I'm still soaking the cod, so now I have some time to get the ingredients together.

                          1. Gio Oct 18, 2008 09:19 AM

                            My uncle used to make a wonderful Bacala dish as one of the seven fishes meal for Christmas Eve. After soaking the salt cod for several days... changing the water many times, it's basically a tomato sauce with all the usual ingredients plus capers and olives. He steamed small potatoes and served it with his version of Bacala. Mario Batali has a very similar recipe here at the Food Network site: (Note: he did not use mint in his recipe)


                            1. TheSnowpea Oct 18, 2008 09:09 AM

                              Look up "brandade" online or in cookbooks as well. It's one of my favourite appetizers: salt cod, mashed potatoes, butter, cream, garlic. Serve as a hot spread with good bread and other provençal appetizers.

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                              1. re: TheSnowpea
                                Joebob Oct 18, 2008 01:27 PM

                                I second this rec. Puree well so that it is really smooth, not stringy, and it is heaven.

                              2. Lemon Curry Oct 18, 2008 08:49 AM

                                Bacalao al Pil-Pil! Its Basque! Basically, you very slowly poach soaked salt cod in garlic infused-oil, and the gelatin that comes out of it helps emulsify the oil into a sauce.

                                see http://www.saveur.com/article/Food/Sa...

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                                1. re: Lemon Curry
                                  silverstarfish May 19, 2011 05:11 PM

                                  How much olive oil, is the fish submerged? I think I have heard of this dish, do you shake the pan at the end to emulsify the sauce?

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