Chef Chuck's Fried Cod Fish Balls

Polpette di Pesce e Patate

Fried cod fish balls are a different kind of appetizer. Bite into these fish balls to find a mixture of cod, potatoes, garlic and parsley. Fried in olive oil gives these fish balls a delightful golden brown outer shell. If you can't find cod any meaty white fish would work. Serve with lemon wedges or even a marinara sauce.

Fried Cod Fish Balls

1 pound cod fish
3 potatoes
2 tablespoons flour
1 egg
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon fresh parsley
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup Italian breadcrumbs
1 lemon
olive oil for frying

Peel and cut potatoes into large chunks, boil in salted water till fork tender, mash with a fork. Steam cod for 5 minutes, flake with a fork. Saute garlic with a little bit of olive oil for a minute. In a bowl combine potatoes, fish, garlic, flour, egg, parsley, salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Form small balls, and roll in breadcrumbs. Heat olive oil in a small frying pan, brown 3 or 4 at a time, drain on paper towels and salt them. Drizzle with olive oil and serve with lemon wedges. Makes about 18.


  1. Definitely on the menu for Christmas Eve!

  2. gosh i used to get these down by the shore in rhode island. they were so good there. i really should make my own. chances are i would use a better quality of fish right?

  3. Good memories! You could use a halibut or any whitefish. Enjoy :)

  4. Wow ! I'm a fanatic for cod, My Mom being from Tracadie,New Brunswick we've been on fish since very little kids.I'm trying that tonight , can't wait ...will let you know how it turned out .. Thanks for this recipe

    Suzanne :-)

  5. I am sure you will like!! Thank you for your comment...

  6. they came out GREAT with Halibut!!

  7. Wow that sounds delish! Thank you for the tip... Enjoy!