Jamaican Saltfish Fritters (Stamp and Go)


Jamaican fritters are a popular appetizer in Jamaica. Just stamp them out in the kitchen, take some for the road and go! Salt cod can be prepared the day before for a quicker cook time. These are also good served with a spicy dipping sauce.

close up view of fried Jamaican Saltfish Fritters on top of paper towels
Prep Time:
1 hrs
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
9 hrs 20 mins
24 small fritters


  • 6 ounces dried salted cod fish

  • cold water, to cover

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 large tomato, chopped

  • 2 green onions, chopped

  • ½ cup water

  • vegetable oil for frying


  1. Soak cod in cold water to rehydrate it and remove excess salt, 8 hours to overnight.

  2. Remove bones and skin from fish. Flake and shred fish into small pieces; set aside.

  3. Sift flour, pepper, and baking powder into a large bowl. Add tomatoes, green onions, and flaked cod. Pour in 1/2 cup water; stir until well blended.

  4. Heat 1/4 inch of oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium heat.

  5. Drop rounded spoonfuls of batter into the skillet; fry in hot oil until golden brown and crisp, about 5 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels and serve hot.


If you can't soak the fish overnight, place salt cod in a saucepan and fill with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook for 5 minutes. Drain and rinse under cool water. Repeat with fresh water four more times. Taste to check salt level; if the fish is still too salty, repeat.

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

232 Calories
8g Fat
18g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 232
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 43mg 14%
Sodium 2079mg 90%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 6mg 30%
Calcium 106mg 8%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 531mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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