Codfish Pastries Recipe

CodfishPastriesRecipe-zrCodfish Pastries are an essential part of Portuguese gastronomy, but they are also famous in countries which have a strong link with Portugal, such as Angola and Brazil. You can also find them all throughout the Mediterranean.

Codfish Pastries (Pasteis de Bacalhau) were considered one of the 7 wonders of Portuguese cuisine.


  • 17.6 ounces (500 grams) unpeeled potatoes
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 finely chopped garlic clove
  • 1 pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 12.3 ounces (350 grams) soaked codfish
  • Vegetable oil, salt and pepper to your taste
  • 1 pinch of bonnet pepper
  • 1 teaspoon filled with chopped parsley or coriander

How to make Codfish Pastries

  • Start by putting the codfish in a pan and then fill it with water. Place the pan on heat until the water starts boiling. Once it does, lower the heat and cook for 5 minutes. Make sure the water doesn’t boil.
  • Then, drain the codfish, remove its skin and spine and shred it. Put the result on the side.
  • Meanwhile, clean and wash the potatoes very well in cold water. Don’t peel them. Cook the potatoes for 15 minutes. Don’t forget to season them with salt. Make sure the potatoes are consistent, otherwise your pastries will be mushy.
  • Drain the potatoes very well, cool them, remove their skin and smash them with a fork until they form a thick puree. You can also use a food mill.
  • Mix the potatoes and the shredded codfish very well. Add the onion, the egg. the parsley/coriander and the smashed garlic. Season the mix with salt, pepper, nutmeg and bonnet pepper. Mix everything until the ingredients turn into a homogenous dough.
  • Lastly, dip 2 table spoons in olive oil. Use one spoon to remove a portion of dough, then mould a pastry by passing the dough between the two spoons.
  • Fry the pastries in hot oil. Make sure you turn them so that all sides are equally fried.
  • Once the pastries are fried, put them in a plate with absorbent paper.

Now they’re ready to serve.

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