Appetizers & Starters/ Jamaican & Caribbean

Jamaican Saltfish Fritters (Stamp & Go)

Made with simple ingredients, these tasty Caribbean appetizers or breakfast eats come together in no time! They not only smell delicious but is full of flavour, with a hint of heat if you choose!

Yesterday was Father’s Day. The older I get, the more I treasure being able to express my love to my father. It’s not just on special occasions, but everyday, and in any way. I’m appreciative for a great father – a hardworking, resilient, hilarious, vibrant dad. This post is all for him! I remember waking up as a little girl to the smell of these seeping in beneath the bedroom door. I knew that meant “daddy’s making fritters!”. He didn’t make them all the time, so when he did every few weeks or so, it was the BEST feeling ever. If he headed out to work before we woke up, he’d leave them covered on the stove, ready for when we wake. I’m so blessed to have these memories, and so happy I can share them with you all!

What Are Salt Fish Fritters?

It is a popular appetizer dish or breakfast eat in Jamaica, and other islands in the Caribbean. It is made with a flour base, salted cod, tomatoes, onions, Scotch Bonnet pepper (optional), and some other ingredients. The batter is formed and then dropped into hot oil to be fried up; crispy on the outside, soft on the inside.

Recipe Tips and Notes

Add More Veggies – You can easily add in more vegetables and ingredients. For example, green onions, red and green bell peppers, and thyme work well with this recipe. Some people also bind their ingredients with an egg and about half to three quarter cups of water. It’s up to you which you want to omit, or add!

De-Salt Codfish – I would advise you to purchase boneless, salted cod fish. You can choose the quick-boil method to de-salt the fish or you can soak the cod in cold water overnight in order to re-hydrate the fish and remove the excess salt (you will still need to boil for about 5 mins). The quick boil method is much faster and can be done in approx. 10 – 12mins.

Jamaican Saltfish Fritters

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups Flour
  • ½ tsp Curry Powder
  • ½ Small Yellow Onion chopped
  • ½ Small Tomato diced
  • ½ Small Green & Red Bell Pepper equal parts
  • 1 Pack Salted Cod Fish (340g)
  • ¼ tsp Black Pepper
  • ¼ tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Parsley (optional)
  • Scotch Bonnet Pepper chopped to taste
  • 1 cup Water as needed
  • Cooking Oil

Instructions

1

Fill a medium sized pot with water and bring to a boil.

2

Rinse fish, cut into smaller pieces, and boil for about 10 mins. Drain then wash in cold water. Taste a piece of the fish to gauge the saltiness. If it's to your liking, pick it apart into smaller bite-sized pieces. If it's too salty, repeat the process.

3

Prepare your vegetables - chop onion, dice tomatoes, bell peppers, and scotch bonnet.

4

In a medium mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients and whisk together.

5

Add the vegetables and fish to the mixing bowl; add in water gradually. Mix until well incorporated with medium consistency - see notes section.

6

Heat oil in a non-stick pan then drop generous spoonfuls of batter into the pan. Fry on each side until golden-brown and crisp (about 3-4 minutes per side).

7

Remove from oil and place on a paper towel to drain.

Notes

A. Batter should resemble a thick, pancake batter consistency.

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