Appetizers/Small Bites, Breakfast, Quick Recipes, Seafood

Saltfish Fritters with Chilli Sauce

May 29, 2013

Saltfish fritters, aka “Stamp & Go”, are common in Jamaica, I often see them served at events but some people eat them for breakfast, either way you can have them as an appetizer or an simple tasty snack. Saltfish in Jamaican recipes refers to salted cod although I am sure other salt-cured fish will work just as well. Saltfish is also called bacalo, bacalhau or baccalà in other countries; it was introduced to the Caribbean in the 16th century when salted fish would be brought on North American vessels to trade for local products such as rum and sugar.

Saltfish Fritters

Saltfish Fritters

Jamaican Codfish Fritters

Jamaican Codfish Fritters

I am not sure where the name “Stamp & Go” came from but there are a couple interesting explanations:

  1. In the past customers would stamp their feet to get attention when buying fast food to indicate they were in a hurry, hence stamp and go.
  2. Apparently saltfish fritters were bought at take-out stands back in the day where they would be wrapped in paper and stamped “paid” before customers took their fritters, hence stamp and go.

Whatever the reason for the name Stamp & Go, Jamaican Codfish Fritters are too easy not to try. Turn my chilli jam or any other jam into a sauce to elevate your fritters making them feel complete by giving you a reason to dip and who doesn’t like dipping food into sauce?

Jamaican codfish fritters

Jamaican codfish fritters

Red Peppers

Red Peppers

Fresh corn is SO much better than canned

Fresh corn is SO much better than canned

Saltfish and other ingredients

Saltfish and other ingredients

Test oil by splashing water in the pan and it should bubble then add fritters in with a teaspoon. Cook on 2-3 mins on each side.

Frying fritters

Frying fritters

Stamp & Go

Stamp & Go

Saltfish Fritters

Saltfish Fritters

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April x

Saltfish Fritters
Yields 20
Jamaican codfish fritters also known as Stamp and Go served with sweet chilli sauce.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 6.5 oz saltfish soaked overnight in water
  2. 1.5 cup self raising flour
  3. ¾ cup water
  4. ½ teaspoon baking powder
  5. ¼ cup red pepper
  6. ¼ cup sweet corn
  7. ½ scotch bonnet
  8. 1 escallion finely chopped
  9. ground pepper
  10. vegetable oil for cooking (shallow fry in about ½ cup)
  11. 3 limes, one for garnish
  12. 2 tablespoons chilli jam
  13. 3/8 cup water
Instructions
  1. Boil satlfish for 10 minutes drain and top with cold water. Keep ¾ cup of this water behind and strain again.
  2. In the meantime prepare your veggies.
  3. Flake saltfish and remove bones and skin. Mix with all the other ingredients.
  4. Put oil in pan over medium heat
  5. In a separate bowl mix flour and water into a paste and mix in with saltfish
  6. Test oil by splashing water in the pan and it should bubble then add fritters in with a teaspoon. Cook on 2-3 mins on each side.
  7. Remove and place on kitchen towel
  8. Plate and enjoy!
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2 Comments

  • Reply Beryl Cole July 29, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    This looks really yummy. Fritters are a favourite of mine. I must try this recipe.

    • Reply theyummytruth August 1, 2013 at 8:52 am

      They are so easy to whip up, let me know how they turn out! Thanks for checking out TYT

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