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Old Fashioned Baltimore Coddies

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coddies on a bed of lettuce with saltine crackers

Know in some parts as the poor man’s crab cake, Baltimore Coddies are a mashup of mashed potato and flaked salted cod. The texture and taste of salted codfish is similar to crab meat. Coddies are different from traditional codfish cakes in taste and preparation.

What makes Coddies different from traditional codfish cakes

packaging for salted cod

Traditional codfish cakes are made with fresh cod and potatoes. Coddies are special because they require salted cod.

What is salt cod and how is it used

salted cod before being soaked

Salted cod is preserved in salt. It’s used to flavor dishes in many cuisines. In order to use salted cod, a significant amount of salt has to be removed.

salted cod soaking

Desalting cod requires soaking for up to 24 hours followed by 15 minutes of simmering over very low heat.

shredded codfish

Drain and dry the fish. A food processor works nicely to flake and chop the fillet.

What you will need to make Coddies

russet potatoes

Russet potatoes
Salted cod
Onion
Saltine crackers
Spices
Butter
Eggs
Cooking oil
Skillet

How to make Baltimore Coddies

coddie ingredients in a bowl

Add to a bowl the mashed potatoes, cod, onion, egg, butter, and spices and mix well.
In a separate dish, add the cracker meal.

codfish batter in cracker meal

Scoop uniformed balls of the potato mixture and roll them around gently in the meal.

oval shaped codfish cake

Carefully flatten the balls between the palms of your hand to form an egg shape. The coddies will be thicker in the middle than a little flat on the edges.

fried coddies

Over medium flame, heat enough oil in a skillet to cover the cakes; about 1 1/2 inches or 2-3 cups, to 350 degrees. Brown the coddies on both sides for 2-3 minutes keeping watch of the temperature to avoid burning. Drain on a wire rack or paper towels. Serve immediately.

Recipes that pair well with Coddies

coddie on a saltine cracker with mustard

Serve the coddies old-school with saltines and yellow mustard and a side of coleslaw, deviled eggs, or piping hot French Fries. Then wash it down with a big ole glass of Lemonade Ice Tea aka half and half to complete the meal!

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coddies on a bed of lettuce with saltine crackers
5 from 1 vote

Old Fashioned Baltimore Coddies

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Baltimore Coddies are a delicious old fashioned cod cake made with salted cod and potato. This humble recipe delivers grand flavor.
Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
Soaking:12 hrs
Total Time:12 hrs 30 mins

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb salted cod desalted and flaked (see post)
  • 1 lb russet potato cooked and mashed
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 5 tbsp melted butter
  • 30 saltine crackers milled
  • 1/4 grated onion
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp parsley flakes
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

Instructions

  • Add to a bowl the mashed potatoes, cod, onion, egg, butter, and spices and mix well.
  • In a separate dish, add the cracker meal. Scoop uniformed balls of the potato mixture and roll them around gently in the meal. Carefully flatten the balls between the palms of your hand to form an egg shape.
  • Over medium flame, heat oil in a skillet to 350 degrees. Brown the coddies on both sides for 2-3 minutes. Drain on a wire rack or paper towels. Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 2041kcal | Carbohydrates: 154g | Protein: 173g | Fat: 79g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 672mg | Sodium: 6729mg | Potassium: 5503mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 6g | Iron: 16mg
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cod, fish, seafood
Servings: 8 cakes
Calories: 2041kcal
Author: Ty

7 Comments

  1. I am making these tomorrow for my dad who is 91 and has been talking about how you can’t find coddies anymore. How do I know if I have desalted the fish enough?

  2. Oh, heck yes!! I haven’t really seen a coddie in a Balto restaurant in forever. Thanks for sharing this – I’ll have to make some at home. WITH the saltines on the side, please and thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    How have I never heard of this?! I know you are ready for folk to be extra so let me be the first,lol. Can I just use the cod that I have in my freezer so I don’t have to desalt it?

    1. Lol!! Yes, you can but you will have to cook it first. You will also need to add salt to taste. It won’t be a coddie though!lol. But it will be tasty.

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