It’s one of the most delicious dishes in the Caribbean: Accras de Morue, the signature codfish fritters of the French West Indies.
The team at the Guadeloupe Islands Tourist Board has been kind enough to share their recipe with us — meaning you can bring the French Caribbean right into your home.
Here’s the full recipe for accras de morue — a dish best served with a freshly made ti’ punch.
200g salt fish
1 bay leaf
50g soft pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
PREPARE THE CODFISH
Rinse the salt under cold running water.
Place the fish in a large bowl and cover it with cold water to desalt.
Refrigerate for 24 hours, changing the water three times in the process.
Drain, putting the fish into a small pan, covering with cold water. Add a bay leaf and poach the cod for 10 minutes over low heat; drain in a sieve.
Crumble the fish into very small pieces with olive oil.
Put the flour into a large bowl, mixing with water in order to obtain a smooth paste; let the paste stand for one hour.
HERBS AND SPICES
Wash and peel the garlic cloves, onions, scallions and soft pepper. Chop finely.
MAKE THE BATTER
Combine the flour paste, crumbled fish and the other ingredients finely chopped.
Separate egg yolks from the whites and add them to the cod mixture. Beat the whites into a firm peak. Add the beaten whites into the paste carefully.
FRY IT UP
Heat the frying oil at about 350F.
With a tablespoon, take the batter and drop it directly into the oil. Fry the accras until the color turns brown on one side, then flip them over.
Drain on a baking sheet. Serve immediately.