How I Made Jamaican Saltfish (Codfish) Frittas

Of course I’ve had these before but I’ve never made them myself. The decision to make them started with an overly riped banana which I was going to use to make banana pancakes but my boyfriend (who’s also Jamaican) suggested frittas. Before I go into more details about the frittas let me address a few things. By now you might know that I’m referring to fritters but in Jamaica we say frittas. Also, I decided that my Friday blogs will be a wild card post (my experience with a recipe, unboxing beauty products, etc.). Since my tag line is “self-care is key; internally, externally and cooking good food.” I feel like there should be something on the blog about cooking especially since cooking for me is a form of self care. I’m no Chef, but I enjoy cooking, I know how to cook, I think it’s very therapeutic and it gives me the space to be creative. I don’t cook everyday and everything I cook may not be blog worthy so you will likely not get a cooking post every Friday.

Now back to the frittas. He told me everything that I needed to do but it didn’t turn out right, it turned into some kind of banana, flour, salfish scramble so I googled a recipe and found the below (with directions of course) on this site.


  • 6 ounces dried salted cod fish 
  • cold water, to cover 
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour 
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder 
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper 
  • ½ cup water 
  • 1 large tomato, chopped 
  • 2 green onions, chopped 
  • vegetable oil for frying


The directions and ingredients from the site was easy to follow but let me just say this. If you’ve never cooked with saltfish or if you’ve never heard of it before, it is VERY SALTY and I mean VERY SALTY. If you choose to make the frittas I suggest soaking the fish in A LOT of water overnight or boiling it for about 10mins (in enough water to cover the fish) before you make the frittas. If you would like to learn a little more about sailfish you can read it here. I was able to purchase it from my local grocery store but I’m not sure how accessible it is in other states or countries.

uncooked sailfish. Screenshot from supermarket

When I made these it was not my intention to post them on my blog. In fact the decision to write this blog and to make my Friday blogs about cooking came to me this morning when I was still in bed so this entire post may seem a bit unprepared. I only have these pictures because I posted them on Instagram.

When I follow recipes, I sometimes put my own twist on it. I don’t recall doing anything special with this recipe but I did not add a banana to it lol. I’m sure it would be good but sometimes prefer my savory and sweet foods separate from each other (SOMETIMES).

The complete mixture

This is how they should look when you place them in the hot oil. Before finding the recipe I could not flip them without them falling a part on me (hence the reason I said they turned into a scramble lol).

The finished product, they were so good. I might make them again this weekend. They are good anytime of the day but I like them for breakfast. Although we don’t do this in Jamaica I do think they might go really well with a greek yogurt dipping sauce so if you have a recipe try it and let me know how they taste together.

Let me know if you make these and how they turned out. Let’s Chat!


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Published by tam33ks

I have a long history with mental illness. Overcoming depression made me realize my own resilience. It also made it clear that I wasn’t taking care of myself. I believe that in order for us to fully engage with ourselves and others we have to make time for self-love through our self-care habits. My goal with this blog is to encourage women in my age group to make time for self-care daily.

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