Bolinhos de Bacalhau

This is the second recipe I tried from the website Sabor Intenso and the second one I need to share with you. The only thing I don’t recommend is to freeze these “bolinhos”. I wasn’t very successful when I tried to fry them after being frozen. But following the recipe and frying them right away, it’s simply delicious.

Bolinhos de Bacalhau


  • 600g salted cod, unsalted
  • 800g potatoes
  • 3 to 4 eggs
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 100ml olive oil
  • 1/2 cup parsley, chopped
  • salt (if necessary), pepper and nutmeg for seasoning
  • vegetable oil to fry


  1. Cook the potatoes in salted water for about 30 minutes. When cooked, mash the potatoes and set aside.
  2. In another pot with water, put in the cod and cook for 10 minutes. Remove the cod and put on a plate to cool down. When cold, remove bones and skin and break into flakes.
  3. In a frying pan, add the olive oil, onions and garlic and cook until the onions are soft, but don’t burn it. Add the cod and cook slowly. Stir with a wooden spoon until the cod is totally shredded.
  4. Mix the cod with the mashed potatoes. Add parsley and season with salt (if necessary), pepper and nutmeg, combining everything well together.
  5. Add one egg at a time. This batter should be well glued and consistent so the “bolinhos” can hold their shape.
  6. Grease 2 spoons with olive oil. Take one spoon of the batter, pass that from one spoon to another until you have something in a sphere shape.
  7. Fry in hot oil, turning the “bolinhos” until they are golden brown on every side.
  8. Put in a plate with kitchen towel and they are ready to serve.

Yield: 30 bolinhos


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