In Memory Of Karen Nicole Smith, 1972 - 2016

How to Make Delicious Saltfish Accras (fishcakes).

While this recipe is a result of my leftover Incredible Saltfish Buljol (budget friendly) recipe, it’s now commonplace to see me bypass the original way of making Salt-Fish Accra (shared with you over 13 years ago), for this method. Personally I find it to be even more delicious, if possible at all.

1 1/2 cups Saltfish Buljol
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 cup milk (adjust) or water
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 tablespoon baking powder
2 scallions (chopped finely)
Veg oil for frying (about 2 cups)

Notes! Please follow along with the video below as much more is discussed there, plus I don’t have the usual pictures detailing the step by step process as I’d normally have.

Here’s the video tutorial for making the Saltfish Buljol.

In a mixing bowl add the flour, black pepper and baking powder, then give it a whisk to combine everything. I didn’t use any salt in this dish as the remaining salt in the Saltfish Buljol was adequate. However as you take them out of the hot oil, feel free to sprinkle on some salt should you wish.

Now add the Saltfish Buljol, scallions and milk (you may use water should you prefer), then mix to form a wet batter (little less runny than pancake batter). May I recommend that you allow the now complete batter to rest for about 30 minutes for the baking powder to do it’s thing.

Heat the oil on a med flame (oil at about 350 F) and spoon in a tablespoon of the batter at a time. Please have a baking sheet with a wire rack to place the once fried Accras onto. As explained in the video and previous recipes, I much prefer a wire rack to using a bowl or plate lined with paper towels (to prevent them going soggy). Additionally I prefer to use a wok or any pot with high sides, so any possibility of splattering oil onto the stove top (easier clean-up after).

Tip! When you add the batter to the hot oil, give it about 20 seconds, then flip the Accra for even cooking. It will take under 2 minutes to get them golden, but will have to flip them 2-3 times during the process. Keep in mind that they will darken a bit more once out of the hot oil. Should you enjoy crunchy edges, give them an extra 30 seconds or so in the hot oil.

Remember you can always sprinkle on some salt as they come out of the hot oil. Try to serve warm and in most cases these should be served with a side of peppersauce. For me, it’s usually my Caribbean Pineapple Peppersauce. Throughout the Caribbean the recipe will differ a bit and most likely be called something else. I know in Barbados they got Fish Cakes and in Jamaica they’re called Saltfish Fritters.

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1 Comment

  1. Marie Fabiola BOLDUC
    January 7, 2024 / 10:17 am

    Bonjour Chris
    I will try your recipe with gluten free all purpose flour, which is a mixture of flours and starches, and will let you know.
    Will let you know how it works out.
    Un grand merci ! Bonne année. Health and many, many blessings to you and yours.

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