Bajan Fish Cakes | Bajan Fish Cakes Recipe

The holidays around my house always meant that my Dad would make Bajan Fish Cakes.  They would be for guests, but we were allowed to have a few.    My attempts to request them at other times during the year were sadly unsuccessful.  As an adult, when visiting Barbados, I order fish cakes whenever I see them on the menu.  Most restaurants are stingy with the fish part of the equation though.  I asked my Dad for the recipe – but he’s a “little of this… little of that…” kind of cook so I worked on it a bit and found this recipe has the right balance of fish to batter and the fish cakes come out with a slightly chewy center and crispy crust.

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Bajan Fish Cakes
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Serves: 50
  • 1 pound salted cod
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 7-8 spring onions, chopped
  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  • 1-3 tablespoons bajan hot pepper sauce
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1½ cups milk
  • 1½ tablespoons butter, melted
  • Oil for frying
  1. Fill a stock pot with water and boil saltfish, then drain.
  2. Repeat step one a second time if saltfish still too salty for your liking.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk baking powder in flour to combine well.
  4. Add onion, thyme, hot sauce, egg, pepper, milk and melted butter and stir until incorporated.
  5. Break apart saltfish with a fork into small chunks and flakes.
  6. Fold saltfish into batter.
  7. In a frying pan, heat oil.
  8. Drop tablespoons of batter into the oil and fry until golden brown.
  9. Remove cakes to paper towel lined plate to drain.
  10. Serve warm. | Bajan Fish Cake

Give Them A Dunk:

These Bajan Fish Cakes are delicious by themselves.  However, if you fancy something to dip them in, there are a few options.  Three dipping sauces that I’ve found to be tried and true are sriracha mayo, garlic aioli, or a tartar sauce. | Bajan Fish Cakes with Dipping Sauce

If you’re looking for something great to serve at your next football party or holiday gathering consider these “betcha can’t eat just one” Bajan Fish Cakes.

Servings: 3 Fish Cakes Per Serving
Calories Per Serving: 130


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