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Curried Salted Cod with Avocado Potato Puree

By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by CFE International and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. While I was not compensated for my time, I did receive free product samples. As always, all opinions are my own.

This Curried Salted Cod with Avocado Potato Puree looks like one heck of a mess on a plate, but, sometimes, don’t you think that messy food can be oh so tasty?

Curried Salted Cod with Avocado Potato Puree

Say the word “chocolate” and those salivary glands in the back of my mouth start firing…
But, say the words “salted cod” or “bacalao” and nothing…no salivary over production whatsoever!
In fact, I hear salted cod and I think why not fresh cod?

So, when I was informed of the CFE International Saltfish Blogger Recipe Challenge, I was a tad bit skeptical of participating.
In fact, when I got the samples, the procrastinator in me figured I’d let them get very well acquainted with the walls of my freezer!
Then, in this last week of the challenge, that same procrastinator figured I’d stop watching It’s Alive with Brad on Youtube and get some research done on the whats and whys behind salted cod.

Curried Salted Cod with Avocado Potato Puree

And, with each tidbit I learned, the more I wanted to know… I know am not the only one who gets that way right?
For one, I learned that salted cod is simply cod that’s been preserved with loads of salt. I didn’t know that cod that’s preserved this way, has to be “flushed” with water and rehydrated before cooking/eating by rinsing it with water and then soaking it in a bowl of water for 24 hours. During these 24 hours, it’s recommended that the water be drained and re-filled 3-4 times to draw out as much of the salty-ness of the cod. I came across croquettes and pot pies and dips featuring salted cod. But, again, I couldn’t help thinking why salted cod over fresh cod?

Curried Salted Cod with Avocado Potato Puree

And, my question was answered when I finally ended up sauteeing a bit of the Cristobal Salted Cod fish to taste-test. Salted cod is more meatier and (quite pleasantly) not as fishy as it’s fresh counterpart. It’s still quite tender as long as it’s not boiled, as boiling it makes it tougher. I first used some of it to make some pan-fried, potato and salted cod patties with a bit of jalapeno, and while they were good, they just didn’t have as much flavor as I liked. So, I ended up making this super-easy, Curried Salted Cod with tomato paste, cumin and coriander and served it on a bed of Avocado Potato Puree (which, I figured was CFE International Inc competition worthy). I used the slightly salty nature of the salted cod fish to my advantage and did not add any salt to the Curried Salted Cod or the Avocado Potato Puree, and didn’t really miss it.  

Curried Salted Cod with Avocado Potato Puree

CFE International was founded as Canadian Fish Exporters, Inc., a U.S. corporation, in 1971. And, over the past 45 years, they have focused on the production and import/export of salted dried fish through brands such as Cristobal, Buena Ventura, Isla Brisa and BacalaRico. CFE International operates in compliance with U.S. HACCP regulations for seafood products and is an active sponsor of The Greater Boston Food Bank, Feeding South Florida, City Harvest of New York and Friends of Boston’s Homeless and their efforts to eliminate hunger.

Salted cod fish by CFE International Brands can be found at: 285 Farmers Market, Farmers Markets, H-Mart, Publix, and Nae Dae Mun Mk stores. If you’d like to learn more about CFE International, make sure to follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest!

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Curried Salted Cod with Avocado Potato Puree

Curried Salted Cod with Avocado Potato Puree

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes


Curried Salted Cod

  • 1 small red onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped fine
  • 1 cup Cristobal Salted Cod Fish (rinsed, soaked, drained, flaked)
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 2 tspns coriander
  • 2 tspns cumin
  • 2 tbsps olive oil

Avocado Potato Puree

  • 2 medium boiled, peeled and mashed, potatoes
  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1/2 cup milk of your choice (I used dairy free)
  • parsley to garnish with


Curried Salted Cod

  1. **Make sure you have rinsed the salted cod fish first and then let it have soaked in a large bowl of water (in the fridge) for 12-24 hours - during which you have changed the water out 2-3 times or the fish will be too salty to enjoy. 
  2. Add oil and onion to a pan and saute over a medium flame for about 7-10 minutes.
  3. Then add in the garlic, tomato paste, cumin, coriander and Cristobal salted cod and saute about 5 minutes and serve warm with Avocado Potato Puree.

Avocado Potato Puree

  1. Add mashed potatoes and avocado to a bowl and mash well with a fork - you could use an immersion blender if you want it really smoothie or throw in a blender with the milk.
  2. Add milk and mix well. Serve as a bed for the Curried Salted Cod. Garnish with parsley and enjoy.
Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size g
Amount Per Serving Calories 366Saturated Fat 2.5gCholesterol 8mgCarbohydrates 50.8gFiber 6.9gSugar 9.3gProtein 9.5g

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Grace Araujo

Thursday 13th of July 2017

The dish is beautiful and we love salted cod it is one of portugals most favourite dishes! I want to make curried cod for this weekend but i dont see where the curry falls into play in this recipe, am i missing something? I need help please Thank you,


Ritu Ahuja

Sunday 7th of May 2017

Love this healthy recipe. It is a perfect recipe for any day. Thanks for sharing. I have to try it soon :)

Ben Maclain

Wednesday 26th of April 2017

I've never worked with salted cod. I only tried once some salted cod cakes at the restaurant, and they were so good. And as I can imagine, I would love this dish as well. But what's impressed me the most, is the side dish. I love potato mash, and I love mixing it with other ingredients (veggies mostly). But I would have never though of adding avocado. It's genius. I need to try this ASAP (Even without cod);)

John/Kitchen Riffs

Wednesday 26th of April 2017

Salt cod is good stuff. Don't see it around that much these days, alas. This is such an inventive recipe -- really good. Thanks!

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