This recipe for salt fish is a Greek style cod in batter with a gorgeous garlic sauce, which you will use for many different meals.
The fish will need soaking in cold water for about 24 hours before cooking - change the water frequently. Aim for three to four changes of water. Start one morning, change at lunchtime, again in the evening before going to bed, again in the morning and then it'll be ready to cook after a few more hours soaking.
It's necessary to do this to remove some of the saltiness from the fish.
When you buy it, the fillets are like boards and so the soaking process softens it as well.
Rub your fingers over the soaked salt cod to find any bones and remove them with tweezers.
Salt Fish Recipe
4 pieces of salt cod (soaked before cooking)
flour for coating
oil for frying
1 Cup, 4 1/2 oz (125g) plain flour
1 tspn baking powder
1 egg - beaten
2/3 Cup, 1/4 pint (150 ml) milk
4 slices white bread - crusts removed and cubed
cold water to barely cover
3 cloves garlic - peeled and crushed
6 tbspns hot water
3 tbspns white wine vinegar
6 tbspns olive oil
Mix the batter ingredients together and leave to stand for about 30 minutes.
Put the bread into a bowl and moisten with cold water - leave for a few minutes to absorb the water.
Squeeze the bread as dry as possible and then add the crushed garlic. Mix together really well with half the hot water.
Gradually add the wine vinegar, mixing all the time. Add the olive oil gradually along with the rest of the water. It needs to be a pouring consisitency - so if it's too thick, add a little more water.
Leave to stand whilst you cook the cod.
Heat the oil in a pan until a cube of bread rises immediately to the top - you need about 1" (2.5cm) of oil.
Dry the fish and then coat with flour - shake off the excess and coat throroughly in the batter.
Fry for about 7 to 8 minutes - turning so that the batter is crisp and golden either side.
Serve either with the garlic sauce poured over or handed separately - a green salad and crusty bread would be great with this Greek style recipe for salt fish.
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By Liz Alderson
It looks a bit like shoe leather until you soak it, but this recipe for Greek style salt fish is delicious.
Prep Time: 24 Hours
Cook time: 20 minutes
Main Ingredient: salt fish,