Foodie Duty: Bajan Fish Cakes

If you’ve visited the island of Barbados and dined out, you are likely to have come across fish cakes on many menus. These are mouth watering little bites that compliment any meal, but can be quite filing on their own.  I did not have this tasty snack on my mind until I heard my husband singing, “Fish cakes and bakes every Bajan does make so when it’s time to celebrate its soca, fish cakes, and bakes.” He said the song was from his childhood and randomly crossed his mind, but I couldn’t help but think, is he trying to tell me something? So I decided I’d make him some the following week. As I sat and thought about it again, I found myself craving these more and more. Ugh, just when I said I wasn’t going to eat anything fried.

I scoured the cabinets and surprisingly had everything I needed! I try my best to avoid dairy, so I was a bit skeptical on how these would turn out, but honestly I could not tell I used almond milk and dairy free soy free butter.  Even with my substitutes they were so addicting. Try for yourself… Literally the easiest thing you can make! 


1/2lb salted cod fish (boil and flake, if you don’t know how to prepare salt fish click here)

1 cup finely chopped onions

1 cup flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 egg lightly beaten

3/4 cup milk

1tbsp butter, melted

2 tbsp Bajan seasoning

1 large hot pepper, finely chopped

Salt to your taste 

Boil the salt fish and flake, set aside

Saute onions until soft

Mix flour, baking powder, and salt

Make a well in the center and add the egg, milk, and melted butter

Combine remaining ingredients with flour mixture, mix well

Heat oil on medium high

Add spoonfuls of the mixture to the oil, make sure not to overcrowd them

Fry until just golden, makes about 20 cakes



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