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This recipe is classed as intermediate

Rating 3.07 / 5 (100 votes)

Prep time:
10 min
Cook time:
10 min

Gary Rhodes and Angela Holland make crisp fried fish cakes, a favourite snack from Caribbean street fairs


1. Mix the flaked salt fish with the onion, scotch bonnet pepper, shallots, herbs, flour and baking powder.

2. Pour in the milk and water and stir until you have a slack dough-like mixture, loose enough to just fall off the spoon. Add a little more water if necessary.

3. Heat the oil in a large pan for deep-frying. It should be hot enough that a cube of bread sizzles when dropped in. Dip the head of a metal tablespoon into the oil then use to scoop up spoonfuls of the salt fish mixture (the oil will stop the mixture sticking to the spoon). Drop into the hot oil and fry in batches until golden and crisp.

4. Carefully remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and drain off excess oil on kitchen paper. Serve while still hot and crisp.


  • 125 g salt cod, or smoked fish, cooked, drained and flaked
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp finely chopped shallots, or spring onions
  • 1 tsp thyme, leaves
  • 1 tsp marjoram, leaves
  • 275 g flour
  • 2 heaped tsp baking powder
  • 300 ml milk
  • 100 ml water
  • vegetable oil, for deep fat frying

Tips and suggestions

Breadfruit boats
The mixture can be made in advance and frozen.
These salt fish cakes are excellent served with Gary Rhodes’ Breadfruit boats

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Srima Srima  Posted 17 Oct 2010 9:23 PM

As a proud Barbadian i must let members on here know that milk is not normally used by the average Barbadian at all. Just water your herbs, the saltfish flour and baking powder

mishkaB94378 mishkaB94378  Posted 18 Apr 2009 6:33 AM

Fantastic!! we had them with salad.

dubbs dubbs  Posted 14 Apr 2009 10:46 AM

looks amazing!

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Veve Veve Posted 09 Apr 2009 11:36 PM