This dried salted codfish recipe is one of the quickest and easiest way to eat it this fish. It only requires fresh ingredients. |

Haitian dried salted codfish in oil

In Haiti, we only have dried salted codfish. There are different ways of preparing it, but this one is my favorite. The cod maintains its flavors without any ingredient over powering it.

The proportions in this recipe are approximate. Since we’re only using fresh ingredients, please make sure to adjust them according to your taste.

Cod cooks quickly so be careful not to leave it on the stove for too long or else you'll end up with very dry fried cod.

Keyword caribbean food, cod, codfish, haitian food, recipes, seafood
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes


  • 1/2 lb salted codfish
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1/2 bell pepper
  • shallots
  • 1 or 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 tsp whole peppercorn
  • 1 piment bouc
  • 1 or 2 tbsp oil


  1. Soak the fish in water at room temperature for at least two hours

  2. Drain the codfish, and discard the water

  3. Flake the fish or cut using scissors

  4. Chop the garlic  & cut the onion and bell pepper into thin slices, julienne style

  5. In a pan, heat the oil

  6. Once the hot is well heated, add the drained codfish, garlic, bell pepper, onion, peppercorn and whole piment bouc in the hot oil

  7. Cook until the onions become translucent

  8. Serve as a main dish with plantains or potatoes, or as an appetizer with crackers or bread rolls.

Recipe Notes

Salted codfish is high in sodium. The best way to remove the excess salt is by soaking it for a couple of waters, and changing the water at least once or twice before cooking it.