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Jamaican salt fish fritter

Jamaican salt fish fritter is my favourite fritters. It is so filling and that is what I like most about it.

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Jamaican Salt fish Fritter

Saltfish fritter in simple terms is salt fish and seasoning mixed in the very soft dumpling dough then fired. The soft flour mixture and the saltfish flakes makes to the fritters soft and chewy when fry.

This is my favourite fritters, it so tasty and very addictive.

Jamaican salt fish fritters recipe

What You Need

Ahh, you’ve always wondered, haven’t you?? Here’s what you need.

  • Salt fish: I use saltfish with the bone and skin. If you are too, make sure to carefully debone the fish especially if you are making the fritters for children. You can use skinless and boneless saltfish to avoid the hassle of removing the fine fish bones.
  • Flour: Plain white flour.
  • Scallion, onion, tomato, scotch bonnet pepper: Finely chopped so they are easily cooked
  • Black pepper and thyme: essential
  • Salt: This is optional. Depends on how much you washed the saltfish you my have to add a little bit of salt to give the fritters flavour.

How To Cook Salt fish Fritters

First you have to prepare the saltfish. Since salt fish is very dry you have to boil it to put the moisture back in the fish.

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 Boiling the saltfish also remove some of the excess salt from the fish and make it easy for you to remove the fish skin and fish bone. Flaking the salt fish is easy once the fish is boiled.

The mixture shouldn’t be a hard dough but you don’t want it to be too runny either. If it is too runny it will absorb too much of the frying oil. Instead of a having a nice chewy fritter, it will be oily and saggy.

Jamaican saltfish fritter is usually eaten on its own because it is so filling. In Jamaican it is serve as a snack and eaten mainly at lunch time. But saltfish fritter can be eaten at any time.

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salt fish fritters

Jamaican salt fish fritters

Learn how to make this saltfish fritters.
4.56 from 18 votes
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: Jamaican
Keyword: Jamaican salt fish fritters
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 98kcal
Author: Lesa


  • 350 g Salt fish (salted cod)
  • 2 cups Plain flour
  • ¼ Onion finely chopped
  • 2 small tomatoes finely chopped
  • ½ Scotch bonnet pepper seeds remove and finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Dried thyme
  • 1 Stalk scallion finely chopped
  • ½ tsp Black pepper
  • Salt (optional)
  • Water
  • Cooking oil


  • Wash the excess salt off the fish. Place the washed fish in a pot cover with water and put to cook for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Remove saltfish from heat. Pour away boiling water. Wash the saltfish in cold water to cool the it.
  • Remove the skin, debone the fish then break it into small fish flakes.
  • In a mixing bowl, add the flour, saltfish flakes, and all the other ingredients.
  • Slowly add the water and mix all the ingredients togather until you get a sloppy paste. Not too runny.
  • Heat cooking oil in a frying pan on medium to low fire.
  • Place fried fritters on kitchen rolls paper towels to absorb the excess oil.


  • Do not add to much cooking oil to the frying pan at one go, let than 1/4 cup and top up if need to. The fritters will absorb a lot of oil if to much is in the pan. 


Nutrition Facts
Jamaican salt fish fritters
Amount per Serving
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. 5 stars
    This was awesome, thanks.

  2. You are welcome shawn

  3. 5 stars
    We call these bacalaitos where my family comes from and I love them so much!

  4. 5 stars
    Yummy! They are so delicious!

  5. Kimberly K Croisant

    5 stars
    You had me at your title. These fritters look and sound so good. I’ve made corn fritters before, but now I’m trying yours!

  6. Harmony, Momma To Go

    5 stars
    I have tried plantain fritters. I love saltfish and never had these before, I must try!

  7. Sydni Denise

    5 stars
    Yum! This looks so good! I’ve always wanted to make saltfish fritter and I finally tried it, loved it. Thanks for a great recipe

  8. My fritters came out perfect for the first timer making them. I was very chuffed with the results. Will definitely make them again. Very straight forward receipe

  9. 5 stars
    My wife is Jamaican and I’m a Newfy. Cooking salt cod is a tradition in our house.Xmas We start with Salt fish in Ackee for breakfast. Then Fish fritters for lunch. Than Jamaican roast beef for supper.
    6 scotch bonnets later we smile.

  10. Hi

    How much water should you use for mixing ?


  11. William Patterson

    A relative used to make them l was so busy eating them I never got the recipe now I got it

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