Portuguese salted codfish recipe is not a recipe. I wrote this title because who doesn’t know Portugal may think there is ONE typical recipe, as pasta alla bolognese is known all around the world but it doesn’t exist in Bologna.
I’ve been to Lisbon a couple of times just for a day, even if visiting it. Then once we spent a long weekend there for the Easter holidays. During these days we ate salted codfish every day, lunch and dinner – always served in a different way, but always delicious.
This Portuguese salted codfish recipe that I am posting here is just one of the popular ones in Portugal. Bràs is the name of the cooking man who invented this dish in a local popular restaurant. It is a very simple and popular dish that requires no expertise even to serve it, as it looks like a mess as everything is cooked and served together in a unique serving plate.
I found this recipe on the site Amiche di Fuso, written by Cristina that explains it in a great way.
Ingredients (for 6):
- 1.3 lbs already unsalted codfish
- 4 white onions
- 1.3 lbs potatoes
- 8 eggs
- pitted black olives
- 2 garlic cloves (minced)
- extra virgin olive oil (it’s up to you, Portuguese people are very generous with olive oil…)
- freshly minced parsley
- Slice onions thinly.
- Peel potatoes and cut them using your food processor as thin as matchsticks.
- Put abundant oil in a pan and heat it. Then fry potatoes until golden. Put them on absorbent paper to eliminate excedent oil.
- Unravel codfish the more you can.
- In a capacious pan, put abundant olive oil, turn on the heat and add sliced onion. Right after add garlic. Let cook until soften.
- Add cod and mix it all up. Let cook for some minutes.
- Add fried potatoes to cod.
- Beat lightly eggs and add to the cod. Mix well so all ingredients are well combined.
- When eggs are cooked, add olives and minced parsley. Mix well and transfer to a serving plate. Serve immediately!
- Bom apetite!