Cod ‘pataniscas’ (fried cod)

  • Servings : 4
  • Prep Time : 15m
  • Cook Time : 25m
  • Ready In : 40m

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A delicious typical Portuguese dish confectioned ​​with cod mixed in a dough confectioned with flour, pepper, egg, chopped parsley and salt, fried in vegetable oil, served with tomato rice.

Units: Metric / (Units: US)


  • 400 grams / (14 ounces) desalted cod
  • 125 grams / (4 1/2 ounces) all-purpose flour with yeast
  • Parsley (to taste)
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 eggs
  • Pepper (to taste)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Vegetable oil for frying


    Step 1

    1. Cook the cod in a pan with water about five minutes. Reserve the cooking water. When the cod is slightly cooked, place it on a dish, allow to cool slightly, remove the skins and the spines and shred it into slivers. Set aside.

    Step 2

    1. In a bowl, dissolve the flour and the pepper in a little of the cod cooking water. Stir, add the shredded cod along with the chopped parsley, chopped onion, the eggs and a little salt. Mix everything well and rectify the seasoning if necessary (if the dough is too liquid, add a little more flour).

    Step 3

    1. Heat the oil in a frying pan. When is hot, add small portions of the dough with the help of a tablespoon and leave them fry on both sides. Once fried, place them on a platter over absorbent paper.

    Step 4

    1. Serve the pataniscas with tomato rice.

Nutrition facts per serving (4 servings):

Calories: 257
Total Fat: 3.5 g(5%)
Saturated Fat: 1 g(5%)
Cholesterol: 137 mg(46%)
Sodium: 149 mg(6%)
Total Carbohydrate: 25.5 g(9%)
Protein: 29 g


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