Bacalaitos: A Puerto Rican Food Recipe


Bacalaitos are a traditional Puerto Rican food recipe.  Growing up, thee were a favorite at family gatherings as an appetizer.  And they are a favorite kiosk/ roadside food stand snack here in Puerto Rico.

1/2 lb. codfish fillet
1 1/2 c. flour
3/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 c. water
2 Tbs. sofrito and pinch of sazon with achiote

Black Pepper to taste
Vegetable oil for deep frying


Rinse the codfish and then cut codfish into 2″ pieces. Simmer about 15 minutes in enough hot water to cover fish.  If it is too salty drain and reboil for another 2 to 3 minutes.  Drain.  Remove skin and all bones.  Immerse in water one more time. Squeeza liquid from fish and shred it.

Mix flour, salt, sofrito, sazon, pepper, and baking powder in a bowl. Add water slowly. Continue mixing until bubbles form.  Add codfish pieces and mix well.

Fill a deep fryer 1/2 full with vegetable oil. Heat to 375 degrees. Drop mixture by spoonfuls into the heated oil. Fry until the individual pieces are golden. Leave sufficient space between each. Remove with slotted spoon and drain on absorbent paper. Remove any tiny particles that become loose from the larger pieces.

Here is a video to watch that will take you step by step:


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Captain Tim

Captain Tim is the founder of Caribbean Trading Company in Puerto Rico. Many years ago Captain Tim was a normal everyday guy who decided to do what so many people only dream about. He moved to the Caribbean. Traveling throughout the islands, he has the joy of sharing this lifestyle and its flavors with the world.

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