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All Recipes, Tapas / April 21, 2023

Classic Spanish Cod Fritters | EASY & DELICIOUS Tapas Recipe

These Spanish Cod Fritters, known as Tortillitas de Bacalao Andaluzas, are packed with flavors, seriously easy to make and done in about 30 minutes. Serve them as a tapas appetizer like they do in Spain, or even as a main course, next to some roasted potatoes.

Spanish Cod Fritters
To make these fritters, I used a cod fillet I bought frozen and thawed out. But you can also use fresh cod if you like, as well as any other type of firm white fish. Such as: Halibut, Tilapia or White Sea Bass.

Spanish Cod Fritters
For the batter I used beer. If beer is not your thing, you can also use club soda. Either way, you want to end up with a semi thick batter once all the ingredients have been added. If your batter is too thick, just add in more beer or club soda.

Spanish Cod Fritters

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: To keep the fritters warm, just add them into a preheated oven at its lowest setting. You can make the batter ahead of time. Just cover and add into the fridge. It will hold for up to 3 days.

Spanish Cod Fritters

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Watch the Video Below on How to Make these Classic Spanish Cod Fritters

Classic Spanish Cod Fritters
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Classic Spanish Cod Fritters | Tortillitas de Bacalao Andaluzas

Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 fritters
Calories 200 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork



  • 1 cod fillet 8 oz / 250 grams
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour 60 grams
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup beer 90 ml
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley 8 grams
  • 1/2 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 1.25 grams
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  • 2 cloves garlic roughly chopped
  • 1/4 tsp saffron threads
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise 120 grams
  • 1 tsp lemon juice 5 ml
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 15 ml
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 120 ml


  1. Fill a sauce pan half way with water, season with sea salt and heat with a high heat, once it comes to a boil add in the cod fillet, lower to a low-medium heat and simmer for 6 to 7 minutes or until the cod is done and fork tender, then drain into a sieve

  2. Meanwhile, add the flour into a large bowl, make a well in the middle, crack in the egg and whisk the egg, then add in the beer and mix everything together until there are no lumps, add more beer if needed, then add in the onion, garlic, parsley, paprika and season with sea salt & black pepper, mix together until you end up with a semi thick batter

  3. Once the cod is cool enough to handle, finely chop it and add into the bowl with the batter, give it one final mix

  4. Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in the olive oil

  5. Once the oil is hot but not smoking, start adding spoonfuls of the battter into the pan, all evenly spaced out and in a single layer, cook in batches, fry the fritters for about 2 minutes per side or until golden fried all around, then transfer over paper towels

  6. To make the aioli, add in the garlic into a mortar, along with the saffron and a pinch of sea salt, using a pestle pound down until you make a paste-like texture, then add in the mayonnaise, lemon juice, olive oil and season with sea salt & black pepper, mix together until creamy

  7. Transfer the fritters into a serving dish next to the aioli, serve at once, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Get the Spanish Paprika and Saffron I used to make this Recipe

Nutrition Facts
Classic Spanish Cod Fritters | Tortillitas de Bacalao Andaluzas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 200 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 0.02g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 26mg9%
Sodium 76mg3%
Potassium 111mg3%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 0.3g1%
Sugar 0.4g0%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 131IU3%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. shelley

    can I use salted codfish in a bag that i soak 0vernight?

    18 . Mar . 2024
    • Spain on a Fork

      Absolutely! Much love 🙂

      19 . Mar . 2024
  2. Carlos Rodriguez

    Can I freeze the batter for future frying?

    04 . Jan . 2024
    • Spain on a Fork

      Absolutely, just fully thaw out before frying the fritters 🙂 Much love

      05 . Jan . 2024
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  4. Wendy Tebbutt

    5 stars
    Looks amazing. With a couple of tweaks I can make it diabetes friendly. Thank you!!

    23 . Apr . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great! Much love 🙂

      25 . Apr . 2023
  5. ZRamya

    Cant wait to make this soon for me can i use mushrooms and vegan mayo i never had classic spanish cod fritters before perfect for my after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    21 . Apr . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya! Have a great weekend 🙂 Much love

      22 . Apr . 2023

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