French Fridays : Salt cod fritters with tartar sauce from My Paris Kitchen

David Lebovitz salt cod fritters from My Paris Kitchen on eatlivetravelwrite.comThis week’s Cook the Book Fridays recipe from David Lebovitz’ My Paris Kitchen  used the leftover salt cod and potato purée from the recipe we made a couple of weeks ago. Well actually some of us had to make an entire new (half) batch of the purée. I had saved some of the original purée I made when I was in France and intended to make these littel fritters on another night. I wasn’t intending to batter them (mistake number 1), believing that they would be ok to just fry up in a shallow pan in a little oil (mistake number 2: they fell apart).

Salt cod fritters from My Paris Kitchen on eatlivetravelwrite.comWhen I got back from France, I made a half-batch of the purée for the express purpose of making these little fritters.  I used the batter (look, I follow the recipe sometimes!) but I really didn’t want to deep fry these (or at least heat up 8cm of oil to fry them in) so I gingerly experimented with a shallow, non-stick frying pan and a couple of tablespoons of oil. Over medium to medium-high heat, they were perfect.

Salt cod fritters from My Paris Kitchen for Cook the Book Fridays on eatlivetravelwrite.comMy half-batch made 24 fritters as compared to David’s 18. I didn’t make my own tartar sauce as I had some in the fridge already. And I can tell you that they are much better on the day they are made. I ate a few the day I made them and they were lovely and crispy. The next day, I re-heated them in the oven and they never quite got crispy again. But they tasted good. I have my own version of a fish cake that I love but these were a nice change (and I really liked the batter, made with beer – lovely and light!).

Get the recipe for David Lebovitz’s salt cod fritters on p73 of My Paris Kitchen.


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18 thoughts on “French Fridays : Salt cod fritters with tartar sauce from My Paris Kitchen”

  1. Good to know that these fall apart WITHOUT the batter. I was wondering about that… Thanks for sharing your experience about shallow frying. I went that route though my balls didn’t stay very round. I reheated the leftovers for dinner tonight but they did get crispy again, still light in the center. Delicious, but too decadent to eat very often.

  2. Yes, the batter with the beer was definitely a keeper! Ah, I see now what you meant by shallow frying. I just used about half the oil he recommended and turned them over so they’d cook evenly. Good stuff here all around and I really wouldn’t have made these without the group so yay!

  3. Your fritters look so uniformed! Thanks for the tip on shallow oil frying! And I did not think of skipping the batter – so I was safe! I made a fresh batch of fish and potatoes and experimenting with shapes!

  4. I think we all agree we wouldn’t have made these without the “group effort”. However, I am as happy as everyone else seems to be about going through this process…..which was a little intense. I applaud you for making two batches of purée. Not sure I would have “gone back for more.” I am really looking forward to this coming month’s recipes. Aren’t these the two you chose?

  5. I’m a fan of deep fried anything, but only if someone else is doing the frying – using all that oil is such a hassle, so I appreciate your shallow frying technique! David’s book has been on my wish list for a loooong time – high time I buy it 🙂


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