Salt cod brandade

Salt cod brandade
"Brandade de morue" is a classic of French bistro cuisine, especially in the south. It is a puréed mixture of salt cod and olive oil with (or sometimes without) potatoes. Here is a simplified version.
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Last modified on: March 2nd 2014

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Stage 1 - 10 min.
Salt cod brandade
The day before, desalt 400 g salt-cod by soaking in several changes of cold water.

On the day, cook the cod by placing in cold water and bringing this up to a gentle simmer. A good way to be sure it is properly cooked is to measure the temperature in the centre. As soon as the fish reaches 140°F (60°C), it is cooked.

Set aside.

Stage 2 - 25 min.
Salt cod brandade
Put the potatoes straight into the cooking water from the cod and boil until soft.

Set aside.

Stage 3 - 5 min.
Salt cod brandade
Prepare and chop 70 g shallot.

Stage 4 - 2 min.
Salt cod brandade
Pour 2 tablespoons olive oil into a frying pan on medium heat. When hot, add the shallot, salt and pepper. Cook for 1 or 2 minutes without colouring.

Stage 5 - 10 min.
Salt cod brandade
Break the cod into flakes, discarding the skin and bones.

Peel the potatoes and chop into small pieces.

Stage 6 - 2 min.
Salt cod brandade
Put the cod and shallots into a food-processor bowl.

Stage 7 - 5 min.
Salt cod brandade
Add the potatoes and blend (using the blender blade) while adding the olive oil in a thin stream, until the mixture becomes a thick purée.

Stage 8 - 3 min.
Salt cod brandade
Add the parsley at the end.

Preheat the oven to 390°F (200°C).

Stage 9 - 5 min.
Salt cod brandade
Spread the brandade purée in a gratin dish. You can comb the top with a fork to make it more attractive.

Stage 10 - 25 min.
Salt cod brandade
Bake for about 30 minutes until nicely browned.

Stage 11
Salt cod brandade
Your brandade is ready. You can serve it with a mixed green salad or just corn salad and a good french dressing (vinaigrette).

Stage 12
Salt cod brandade
Another way of cooking/serving: as pan-fried fish cakes.

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large frying pan on high heat. Arrange tart/dessert rings in the pan.

Stage 13
Salt cod brandade
Fill the rings with the brandade purée, pressing the mixture down gently.

Leave the bottom to brown before removing the rings...

Stage 14
Salt cod brandade
...then turn the cakes over to brown on the other side.

Serve one fish cake per person, with salad (for example, like the earlier version).
Translator's note: cod in French is "le cabillaud" when fresh, "la morue" when dried and salted.

If many people do not realise that it is one and the same fish, they all seem to have their own favourite tips for desalting their "morue": some suggest leaving the fish all day in the toilet cistern, which should be flushed at regular intervals...
A few days in the fridge, covered with plastic film.
Home made.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
1,314 Kcal or 5,501 Kj79 gr69 gr80 gr
66 %30 %7 %12 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
155 Kcal or 649 Kj9 gr8 gr9 gr
8 %4 %1 %1 %
Per person
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
329 Kcal or 1,377 Kj20 gr17 gr20 gr
16 %8 %2 %3 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Fish
How much will it cost?
  • For 4 people : 5.13 €
  • Per person : 1.28 €

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This recipe uses (among others)
Salt-codSalt-cod: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Icelandic-style fish and vegetable pie, ... All
PotatoesPotatoes: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Kale and potato soup, Potato gratin, Baked potoatoes with herb butter or cream , Ramekins of duchess potatoes, Leek and potato soup, ... All
Olive oilOlive oil: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Cauliflower and avocado rémoulade, Rice à l'italienne, Cretan Bread, Feta in olive oil with herbs, Normandy seafood stew, ... All
ShallotShallot: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Vegetable tartare, Rabbit with mustard, Artichokes with beef, Hamburgers, Dipping bread with cheese, ... All
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