© Stephanie Meyer
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Total Time
1 HR
Yield
Serves : Makes about 32 fritters

Andrew Zimmern’s Kitchen Adventures In little roadside stands all over the Caribbean islands, the local food slingers turn out all kinds of salted fish fritters. Salting fish is one of the oldest and most popular forms of preserving around the world, and salted fish are always cheap and plentiful. I have been eating these fritters for 45 years, but as the world has increasingly become more commoditized and Americanized, the little stalls have slowly disappeared and given way to hot dog, hamburger and pizza chains. If you go to St. Croix, Trinidad, Jamaica and some of the other large islands in the Caribbean, you can still find stalls serving these fritters—just look for the markings of an old taxi or bus stop on a lonely stretch of road, and you’ll see vendors serving passengers their fill of salt cod fritters. The sauce is one I found years ago, and it goes superbly with all types of fried seafood, especially fritters.—Andrew Zimmern    Caribbean Dishes  Delicious Fried Foods  

How to Make It

Step 1    Make the Pepper Sauce

In a food processor, puree the onion, scallions, garlic, bell pepper and serrano with the thyme and parsley. Add the boiling water and pulse to incorporate. Let cool to room temperature. Add the lime juice and peanut oil and season with salt. Pulse briefly, then transfer to a serving bowl.

Step 2    Make the Fritters

Rinse the cod and pat dry. Using your hands, shred it into small pieces, then chop it very finely. In a large bowl, whisk the flour with the baking powder. Add the eggs and ice water and whisk just until combined. Fold in the chopped cod along with the onion, garlic, bell pepper, chile, thyme and black pepper.

Step 3    Make the Fritters

In a large, deep skillet, heat 1 inch of vegetable oil to 375°. Working in batches, scoop tablespoon-size mounds of batter into the hot oil and fry, turning once, until the fritters are deeply golden all over, about 1 1/2 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Transfer to a platter and serve hot, with the pepper sauce.

Make Ahead

The pepper sauce can be prepared and refrigerated for up to 3 days.

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