Baccalà Fritters – Guest Post by Manu @ Manu’s Menu

This is a very special day for Sunshine & Smile. We have a guest to welcome and she is the very first guest in my tiny blog.

She is beautiful, creative, mother of two cute little angels and she cooks my favorite Italian cuisine. Meet Manuela, popularly known as Manu from Manu’s Menu. She is an Italian from Milan, married an Indian and currently settled in Australia. She happily calls herself ‘Naturalized Australian’.

I do not remember when was the first time I visited her blog, first time I left a comment on her post or how we started connecting. What I do know is that it never stopped after that. Her recipes are unique, authentic, homemade and I found myself going there again and again.

Today I am taking  a break from my kitchen and enjoying Manu’s Baccalà fritters. If you haven’t been to her space (which i doubt), it’s not too late.. just hop in. When you are there, get prepared to not only drool but also to get inspired from her creations. 

I can’t thank her enough for taking out time for me and make something so delicious. Please welcome Manu and enjoy the yummy treat she made for me and you 🙂

When my friend Kankana from Sunshine and Smile asked me to write a guest post for her site I almost jumped out of my seat!  Probably you guys do not know this (not even you Kankana), but she has been the first person to comment on my blog! 

Since then we have exchanged lots of comments on our respective blogs.  Besides being a great cook, she also is one of the most talented food photographers I know.  She’s always been good, but in the last few weeks she’s gotten even better.  If you haven’t visited her site yet, please do so.  You will drool looking at all the fantastic food she cooks and you will be captured by her photographic skills. 

The choice of what to write for her was easy.  I know she likes fish and Italian food… so, what’s better than my nonna’s recipe for Baccalà fritters?  Baccalà (salted cod) is widely used in Italian cooking and this specific recipe is my favorite way of cooking it. 

Whenever I make it, I think of my grandmother who used to cook it for us.  It is a really easy dish to prepare and it is so flavoursome and hearty.  You can have it both as a main dish with a simple salad on the side, or as an appetizer. 

So, Kankana… this is for you!  I hope you like it and THANK YOU for giving me the opportunity to be a guest over at your beautiful site!

This will serve 4


  • 500 gms baccalà fillets
  • 300 gms flour
  • Water, lukewarm
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pinch bicarbonate
  • ½ clove garlic, finely chopped
  • ½ tbsp parsley, finely chopped (optional)
  • Vegetable oil for frying

Directions :

Start by washing the baccalà fillets.  Put them in a bowl and cover them with cold water.  Soak for 24 hours, changing the water as often as possible so that the fish rehydrates and it loses the excess salt.

When the baccalà is ready to be cooked, take it out of the water and pat it dry with some kitchen paper.  Remove the skin and chop it finely.  Keep it aside

Now prepare the batter.  Put the flour, chopped garlic, chopped parsley (optional), extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice and bicarbonate in a bowl.  Add the lukewarm water little by little while whisking until you get a smooth batter.  The batter has to be like a pancake batter in consistency.

Then add the chopped baccalà and mix well.

Put some vegetable oil in a frying pan.  When it is hot, ladle spoonfuls of baccalà batter into it and shallow fry them in batches.

When ready, put the fritters on a plate lined with kitchen paper to absorb the excess oil.  Serve warm with a squeeze of lemon.


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That looks soooo yummy! I was not a big fan of fish but marriage has made me into a seafood person. Though Baccalà is not something I am familiar with, Chinese salted fish looks nothing like the pristine white filets Manu has posted here. I gotta go do some investigations on this delicious looking dish!

Manu says:

Thank you so much for having me over Kankana! It’s been a pleasure and so much fun! I feel so honoured to be your first guest!!!! <3 Thanks for your sweet presentation! 🙂

Kankana, what a beautiful introduction of Manu and congrats on hosting your first guest post! It seems like you two were a perfect match. Manu, these fritters look delicious. My kids are crazy about fish and they will absolutely love this (more than chicken nuggets)!

Congrats on a wonderful first guest post and so appropriate too, as you were the first to comment on Manu’s blog! Definitely making these fritters.

Joanne says:

These fritters are so unique! I’ve never seen baccala used this way before!

daksha says:

Congrats for first guest post and I’m just enjoy ur lovely post.buzzeeddddd.

Kelly says:

This looks so delicious!! I love Manuela’s blog and I’m so glad she did this guest post so that I could find your site! Great job ladies! 🙂

Tiffany says:

Kankana, you picked the PERFECT food blogger for your guest post! I HEART Manu and her delish food! These fritters make me think of home (and of my childhood!). YUM!

they look soooooo amazing! Delicate and crispy and so yummy! Wow, I am hungry now

Elle says:

I love these! They look wonderfully light. We make a similar recipe in Caribbean cuisine.

sarmistha says:

all your posts have lovely surprises , Kankana :)enjoyed the introduction of your friend and equally the recipie.

Manuela really does have some cooking talent-a nice guest to have. The fritters look amazing-thanks for such a great recipe.

Krithi says:

That is a lovely guest post Kankana… On my way to visit Manu’s…

Vimitha says:

Looks so crunchy and yum… Heading to her blog. Thanks for introducing me to a new blog.

Ann says:

Oh, this is fabulous! I’m allergic to cod, but I just love it…and your photos are beautiful! I can’t wait to hop over to your blog. Kankana is just a sweetheart, isn’t she?

Manu, it’s a pleasure to meet you and your baccala fritters! You know, I’ve never used baccala because I’ve not found a good, sustainable source. But I’ve been meaning to investigate it further, as I’ve always loved it. Have you ever salted cod (or a similar fish) yourself to make baccala?

Manu says:

Hi Angela! I have actually never tried to salt cod as it is a very common ingredient in Italy, but it is off course possible to do it at home. I found a link with instructions on how to salt cod: I think I will try that too next time. I am sure the final dish will taste even better with “home made” salted cod! 🙂 Let me know how you go!

Gopika says:

Wow.. Its a beautiful intro on Manu and congrats to both of you on this awesome post 🙂 The baccala fritters looks divine 😀

I love fish fritters, and these looks divine! Thanks for sharing Manuela’s blog 🙂

Reem says:

Congrats on your first guest post Kankana, these looks really good. And ofcourse what a wonderful introduction of Manu’s…….

Love this fish fritters. Thanks for introducing Manu. And I can’t wait to check her blog.

lovely guest post Kankana delicious looking fritters

Shumaila says:

Congrats on your first guest post and what a lovely post to start with!

Swathi says:

Nice guest post and bacala fritters looks yummy.

Christine says:

Congrats on your first guest… lovely guest. Great post! Food looks good.

Jessica says:

These fritters are beautiful and so tasty looking! Love your first guest post, Kankana, and it’s nice to meet you Manu!

Jana says:

These look very tasty. A fish pancake, I never would have thought of that but it makes perfect sense. This has inspired me to see what else I can make into a pancake!

Kankana, Thank you for the introduction to anew blogger and what a beautiful post. We call it baccala in Hebrew too believe it or not. Mmmm fritters!

Hello Ladies.
I love both of your blogs. So great to see you both on the same page.
The baccala fritters look great! I’m thinking of making some for hubby, he’d love them.
Thanks for sharing Manu
Wish you both a wonderful rest of the week.

my mom used to make me this and i remember it was my FAVORITE meal growing up. this was my comfort food. 🙂

chinmayie says:

Congrats on your first guest post! Fritters look great 🙂 will head to Manu’s blog right away!

Sissi says:

I love salted cod dishes and these fritters look fantastic! Thanks for introducing Manu’s blog!

Marina says:

This looks great! Awesome meal! I will definitely check out her blog too!

Allie says:

Great guest post! Fritters are AWESOME!

rebecca says:

this looks so tasty and will now follow your blog, I am a Brit married to an Indian living in the US

Looks scrumptious! Thanks for introducing us to a great blogger, Manu…

briarrose says:

Great recipe. These turned out nicely.

Ben says:

I love how blogs can connect people from different parts of the country and the world. Great recipe!

I am going to try this recipe one of these days. It reminds me of some indian dish. I am not getting the name…. anyways.

thank u for sharing with us! 🙂

Those fritters look magnificent!

Kimberley says:

I love baccala! These sound delicious.

What a beautiful dish!

Christine says:

A beautiful post! Manu’s recipe is very special and unique, realize that I did not eat balacca dishes for ages. I usually buy the dried cod when we go to Macao. After reading this post I want to jump on a ferry and return with balacca to make these spendid fritters.

peachkins says:

I can almost imagine the taste! It looks so delicous!

Beautiful guest post, Manu! Love the fritters – they are so beautiful and appetizing… Thank you for sharing!

Kankana, I loved visiting your blog! You have a great blog here and you cook some interesting food! 🙂 I hope to see more of your recipes in the coming days!

gloria says:

Look delicious!! gloria

Kim Bee says:

Great guest post. Nice to see you two ladies in the same place. My daughter has just finally tried fish so I think we’re going to be eating a ton of it.

Hello Manu 🙂
It is a pleasure to see two of my favorite bloggers working together
Beautiful guest post Manu

Maja says:

Amazing fritters you two guys 😉
Wonderful guest post!

Great guest post! It’s so heartwarming to hear you and Manu talked about your friendship developed over the cyberspace. 🙂

Vijitha says:

Sounds delicious. I love seafood and I am sure this dish will be super yummy.

Those fritters are making me hungry ~ I’ll need to bring dinner forwards! A lovely simple and tasty recipe from the lovely Manu, and your blog looks like a treasure trove, Kankana. {Thank you for dropping in at my place…}

Congrats on your first guest post! I absolutely love fish fritters… (this is bacalao or cod, yes?).

Pia says:

such a lovely guest post, kankana. it’s strange how you connect with people thousands of miles apart. and then, inviting them over to your blog becomes as intimate as inviting them into your home.
those baccala fritters sound delicious, manu. must head over to your space to explore 🙂