These paleo, grain-free and AIP Cod Fritters are made with salted cod, fresh herbs and cassava flour. They’re the perfect appetizer or snack, and absolutely delicious for breakfast!
These AIP Cod Fritters a take on a Caribbean dish I loved eating as a kid. In Trinidad, we call this dish saltfish accra. In other Caribbean islands you can find this referred to as fishcakes, bacalitos or simply fritters. It is said that all of these derive from the West African (and specifically, Ghanaian) dish known as akara, or black bean fritters. Like akara that’s eaten both as a breakfast and a snack food, these AIP Cod Fritters are so versatile. They are not only great as an appetizer or snack, but wonderful for breakfast. I like making these ahead of time and having them in the fridge for a quick and easy weekday breakfast. These are also great with dinner paired with some greens.
I love the punch that all the fresh herbs provide in these cod fritters. An (optional) sweet and sour tamarind sauce ties everything together really nicely.
Here’s what you’ll need …
- Salted cod
- Fresh herbs: cilantro, thyme, green onion
- Garlic and red onion
- Freshly squeezed lime juice
- Cassava flour and tapioca starch
- Full fat, additive free coconut milk
- Optional – tamarind paste and maple syrup for a dipping sauce
Cod Fritter FAQs
Can I use regular cod?
I haven’t tried myself so can’t say for sure but know that fresh cod won’t hold together the same way as dried and salted as it’s a really different texture. You’d also likely need a lot more coconut milk and flour to help bind the fish, along with salt. I highly recommend you seek out the salted cod – it’s affordable and versatile.
Where can I find salted cod fish?
You can usually find salted cod in the frozen section of major grocery stores. You might also check a Caribbean store/market if you have one in a nearby city.
Where can I find tamarind?
I recommend using tamarind paste in this recipe. I’ve provided an affiliate link for a retailer that sells tamarind paste and ships to Canada and the U.S. If you live outside these regions, you can try the international aisle of a major grocery store near you. Sometimes you can find it next to Thai or Indian food products. If you can’t find it, try substituting with another fruit like peaches or cherries. See the recipe I have for a cherry chutney here in this recipe for Grilled Pork Chops with Cherry Compote.
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