Salted Cod and Potato Brandade

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Rated 5.0 based on 2 customer reviews
Salted Cod and Potato Brandade
Salted Cod and Potato Brandade


  • 12 ounces salt cod bacalao
  • 1 pound russet potatoes (about 2 medium), scrubbed
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • 2 sprigs thyme, leaves only
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground white pepper
  • 2 tablespoons plain bread crumbs, or more as needed


  1. Soak cod in water for 24 hours, refrigerated, changing the water 3 to 4 times; drain.
  2. Place potatoes in a pot of boiling water over high heat. Cook until tender, about 30 minutes; drain and cool. Peel potatoes; transfer to a large bowl and mash with milk and olive oil.
  3. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  4. Place cod in a small pot with bay leaf and garlic; cover with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Cook until the fish flakes, about 5 minutes. Drain, reserving the garlic. Break up the fish and mash the garlic mixing them together; fold into mashed potatoes. Add thyme and adjust seasoning with salt and white pepper to taste. Stir to mix ingredients thoroughly and transfer to a well oiled 7 ½ inches x 6 inches deep baking dish, or divide into smaller gratin dishes. Dust with bread crumbs and bake until golden, about 15 to 30 minutes depending on the baking dish used.
  5. Optional: Treat yourself and pair with a lovely Bloody Mary!
Mealthy tip:

Rehydrated fish is a great seasonal item to enjoy during the Winter months and during the feast of the holiday season! Once you give it a try it is sure to become a new family tradition!


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Jessica Scott says:

I'm obsessed with this recipe! It's so delicious. I also added a little melty cheese on top, and it was incredible. This is perfect for those busy weeknights when you want something quick and simple, but extra tasty.

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Greg Jones says:

This salt cod was amazing, and together with the mashed potatoes made for a very flavorful and hearty dish. If you haven't ever tried salt cod before, this dish will make you fall in love with it.