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All Recipes, Tapas / February 14, 2024

Spanish Cod Croquettes | One of Spain’s BEST Tapas Recipes

These Spanish Cod Croquettes, known as croquetas de bacalao, are seriously addictive. We’re talking a light crispy texture on the outside with a delicious creamy interior, made with the simplest ingredients and promise to fill you with so much goodness.

Cod Croquettes
To make this recipe, I used a cod fillet I bought frozen and thawed out. You can also use fresh cod here as well as any other type of firm white fish. For the creamy filling, I used low-fat milk. However, full-fat, non-fat or even plant-based milk can be used.

Cod Croquettes
I shaped the croquettes in the typical way they’re shaped in Spain, in a log shape, which is similar to an egg. You can also shape them into balls, about the size of a golf ball. Either way, make sure they’re all similar in size, this way they all evenly cook.

Cod Croquettes

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: Important to fry the croquettes on a medium heat and nothing higher. Otherwise, they will brown too quickly on the outside. You can make croquettes before frying them and store. They will hold for up to 3 days in the fridge and 2 months in the freezer.

Cod Croquettes

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Watch the Video Below on How to Make Spanish Cod Croquettes

Cod Croquettes
5 from 2 votes

Spanish Cod Croquettes

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 10 croquettes
Calories 255 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 8 oz cod fillet 225 grams
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 45 ml
  • 1 small onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour 90 grams
  • 1 cup low fat milk 240 ml
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley 8 grams
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup plain bread crumbs 120 grams
  • sea salt & black pepper


  • 1 cup virgin olive oil 240 ml
  • fresh parsley for garnish


  1. Fill a sauce pan half ways with water, season with sea salt and heat with a high heat, when it comes to a boil add in the cod fillet, cook for 5 to 6 minutes or until just cooked through, then drain into a colander, transfer the cod fillet into a cutting board and roughly chop it, set aside

  2. Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in 3 tbsp (45 ml) extra virgin olive oil

  3. In the meantime, finely chop the onion and garlic, then add into the hot fry pan, mix continuously, after 3 to 4 minutes add in 1/4 cup (30 grams) flour, mix continuously, after 2 minutes slowly add in the milk, while mixing continuously, once all the milk has been added, add in the chopped cod, chopped parsley and season with sea salt & black pepper, continue to mix for another 4 to 5 minutes or until you end up with a thick paste, making sure to fold the mixture as you mix it together, then remove from the heat and transfer into a bowl, cover with saran wrap and set aside

  4. While the mixture is cooling off, crack the eggs into a bowl, season with sea salt & black pepper and whisk together, add the bread crumbs into a second bowl and 1/2 cup (60 grams) all purpose flour into a third bowl

  5. Once the mixture is cool enough to handle, shape the croquettes, grab a spoonful of the mixture and shape it into a ball or a log, about the size of a golf ball or egg, if your mixture is too sticky, just add in some bread crumbs into the mixture and mix, or add the mixture into the fridge or freezer for about 30 minutes

  6. Once all the croquettes have been shaped, coat each one, first in the flour, then the egg wash and finally into the bread crumbs, making sure they're fully coated all around at each stage

  7. Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in 1 cup (240 ml) virgin olive oil

  8. Once the oil is nice and hot, add the croquettes, all in a single layer, fry for 1 minute per side or until golden fried all around, then remove from the pan and add to a plate with paper towels, serve warm or at room temperature, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Spanish Cod Croquettes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 255 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 0.003g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
Cholesterol 44mg15%
Sodium 173mg8%
Potassium 193mg6%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 170IU3%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 64mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Sharyn

    5 stars
    Hola Albert
    thank you so much for this recipe…have made it several times & it is my husband’s favourite thing to eat! I use salmon & cod & dourade offcuts (that I freeze) and I cook the fish in the milk so as not to waste any fishy goodness. We serve the croquettes with a mixed pepper stew and potatoes bravas style. Delicious. Thanks again 🙏🏼

    11 . Apr . 2024
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great! Glad you enjoyed it 🙂 Much love

      12 . Apr . 2024
  2. Venessa

    Any ideas for a dairy free version?

    19 . Feb . 2024
    • Spain on a Fork

      Any plant based milk will work! Much love 🙂

      20 . Feb . 2024
  3. Selina Snowdon

    5 stars
    These sound lovely, I was going to ask what you would serve them with but I expect the answer is aioli 🤣

    17 . Feb . 2024
    • Spain on a Fork

      lol…yes aioli, but these are typically serced on their own 🙂 Much love

      18 . Feb . 2024
  4. Carmen Judith Arroyo

    In Puerto Rico we make something similar, but not so thick. We add the water used to cook the cod in, and fry the mixture in small batches. Called bacalaitos.

    14 . Feb . 2024
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great! Much love 🙂

      14 . Feb . 2024
  5. Steve

    Could this be made with salt cod?

    14 . Feb . 2024
    • Spain on a Fork

      Absolutely! I just prefer to use fresh cod, as it is much easier for most folks to get 🙂 Much love

      14 . Feb . 2024

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