Trinidad Saltfish Accra

May 13, 2015
Making these always makes me happy.

Accra is that one thing that is another party favorite in Trinidad.

Accra is saltfish (cod) mixed up with flour and seasoning that is then fried. And oh so yummy.

I am a saltfish lover so I may be a bit biased but I am sure you would agree with me.

Trinidad Saltfish Accra

The first thing we need to do is soak the saltfish to get most of the salt out.

I usually buy my saltfish at my Publix supermarket. I buy the one with no bones as it is less work to clean. They are mostly labeled "salted cod".

After soaking for about an hour, I throw the water off and put fresh water and let it soak some more. By the second "wash" the salt is mostly gone.

Some are a little saltier than others and may require more soaking time.

Some people actually boil the saltfish till the water gets to a boil and just throw that water off but sometimes it makes the saltfish very tough. I prefer to "wash" it.

After that is done, we chip the saltfish up into little pieces, and get the rest of our ingredients ready.

Trinidad Saltfish Accra

Once everything is chipped up we just need to mix it all together with some water.

We want the mixture to be fully incorporated and create a sticky like paste. Sometimes if I didn't chip up the saltfish small enough then I would add the mixture to my food processor and give it a little mince.

I do that most of the time.. it makes it easier and who can mix better than a food processor?

The paste looks like this. I did not use my processor today. So the mix isn't that great.

Trinidad Saltfish Accra

Traditionally, accra made in Trinidad is round in shape.

It requires a bit of deeper frying than I do. I like to make them into more cakes as it is easier for me aka I don't get them burnt.

I take a overloaded fork full and drop it in the oil and spread it out to a thin size.

Trinidad Saltfish Accra

Fry for about 2 minutes until golden, then flip. Fry the other side till golden then plate.

Trinidad Saltfish Accra

I paired it with some of that mango chutney I made a few weeks back that I have bottled in the fridge.

Trinidad Saltfish Accra

These are the oh so perfect snacks to take with you on beach limes because the stay fresh for a pretty long time. And the salt content is also great to help with alcohol. haha.

Saltfish accra, saltfish cakes
Appetizers, Snacks, street food
Yield: 2
Author: Renz
Saltfish (Cod) Accra

Saltfish (Cod) Accra

A popular Caribbean finger food made from seasoned up salted cod mixture.
Prep time: 30 MCook time: 20 MTotal time: 50 M


  • 1/2 bag (8oz) of saltfish (salted cod) washed, deboned and chipped up
  • 2 sprigs of green onions
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Oil to fry


  1. Mix all ingredients excluding the oil together. You can pulse in food processor for better mixing
  2. Heat oil in pan
  3. Fry spoonfuls of batter till golden brown
  4. Serve with favorite dip like Mango Chutney Dip,
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Renz HomeMadeZagat
Renz HomeMadeZagat

Hi guys, I’m Renz. I am the chief cook and bottle washer here at HomeMadeZagat. I am here sharing Caribbean recipes that I grew up eating and new ones I’ve fallen in love with over the years. I just want to showcase the amazing diversity of Caribbean food and that everyone can recreate these dishes.