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Bakaliaros Tiganitos: A Traditional Fried Salt Cod Recipe

Bakaliaros tiganitos is a Greek traditional fried salt cod dish. Although Greeks like to eat bakaliaros tiganitos all year long, there are three special occasions when Greeks like to eat it. The first date is the 25th of March which is a double holiday for Greeks as they celebrate the beginning of their independence war as well as the Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The second occasion is the Palm Sunday which is the Sunday before Easter. And the last one is 6th of August. On this holiday, Greek orthodox celebrate the Transfiguration of Jesus Christ.

As you may near to any of these special days, this is the ideal time to share with you this traditional fried salt cod recipe! In Greece, we call this μπακαλιάρος τηγανητός! 

To cook bakaliaros tiganitos, you need dried salt cod, flour, baking powder, egg, and vegetable oil for frying. As bakaliaros is quite salty, you will need to put the fish in cold water and soak overnight and change the water for a couple of times. This bakaliaros tiganitos recipe serves 5 persons.

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Bakaliaros Tiganitos – Ingredients

• 1 kg of dried salt cod
• 320 g of all-purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon of baking powder
• 1 egg
• Vegetable oil for frying

Bakaliaros Tiganitos – Instructions

1. Start making bakaliaros tiganitos by cutting the cod into 4-inch sections, wash well under cold water, and place in a glass or earthenware bowl.
2. Soak overnight and ideally change the water for a couple of times.
3. The next day, remove the bones and the black skin. Place into a colander for draining and discard.
4. Take a bowl and dissolve the flour with water to make a thin batter.
5. Beat the egg and add it to the flour as well with the baking powder. Mix well.
6. Dip each piece of the cod in the batter.
7. Take a baking pan, add vegetable oil for frying (about 1/2 inch deep) and bring to boil over high temperature.
8. Fry each piece in hot oil on both sides until it gets a light golden brown color.
9. Put the cod in a pot and cover with cold water.
10. Continue until you finish with all pieces.
11. Serve hot with skordalia.

You can also enjoy this traditional fried salt cold with Greek fried potatoes (patates tiganites). I hope you enjoy bakaliaros tiganitos! Stay tuned for more traditional Greek recipes. Enjoy!

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