Baccala’ (salted cod) with leek and potatoes

Baccala’ (salted cod) with leek and potatoes

By 24/02/2013

Salted cod or clip-fish traditionally from Norway, Iceland and the Farrow Islands is cod preserved after salting. It was traditionally dried outdoors by the wind and the sun but these days it is usually dried indoors with electric heaters.


Dry salted cod

Baccala' or salted cod is very popular in many Mediterranean cuisines. It has a very rich and distinctive taste and can be cooked in different ways.

One of them is as a casserole dish with leeks and potatoes: light, simple and tasty. Leeks are in season right now so let's make the most of them! In the UK you can buy salted cod by a good fishmonger or in specialized shops and delis.

Before it can be eaten salted cod must be hydrated and desalinated by soaking it in cold water for 48 hours and the water should be changed regularly.

  • Prep Time : 40 min + soaking time minutes
  • Cook Time : 1 hour minutes



Soak the cod for 48 hours in cold water changing the water at least 4 times

salted cod

Peel, wash and chop the potatoes into quarters


Wash and chop the leeks


Chop the onion finely and stir fry it until translucent with a couple of tbsp of olive oil.

Add the potatoes and cook them for 20 minutes, then add the leeks stirring from time to time

frying the onion

Add the cod, the sliced garlic, chopped parsley, a grind of pepper, the bay leaves, the stock cube and 1/2 Liter of hot water. Cook for a further 20-25 minutes

Salted cod (baccala) with leek and potatoes

Keep topping up with hot water if it dries out. When it is cooked add a tbsp of olive oil and stir it well in

 Salted cod (baccala) with leek and potatoes

 Enjoy this simple and healthy meal!

Salted cod (baccala) with leek and potatoes

As leeks are in season now I am entering this into Simple and in Season

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11 Responses to Baccala’ (salted cod) with leek and potatoes

  1. unikorna

    I love leekssssssss and code is my favorite fish. What an amazing recipe Alida :).

    • Alida

      Thank you Petronela 🙂

  2. Alida

    Si anche per me era la prima volta. Da noi al nord facciamo sempre il baccala’ alla vicentina ma ora sto provando a cambiare un’po. Cosi e’ piu’ leggero.

  3. la cucina di Molly

    Il baccalà uso farlo spesso, in diversi modi! Ottimo con i porri, dovrò provare questa versione! Un abbraccio!

  4. Mich Piece of Cake

    Hi Alida, we love to eat cod fresh here… never knew that these can be made salted… This salted cod dish looks delicious.

  5. Javelin Warrior

    I love leeks, Alida, and this salted cod sounds delicious. It’s another simple to prepare dish and I love how hearty it is with the potatoes… Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Alida

      Thank you Mark! Always a pleasure to share with you!

  6. Ozlem's Turkish Table

    Such a delicious way to cook cod, Alida, loved all the juice and veg that comes with it!

  7. Eugene Matteodo

    s baccala soup pretty much like your recipe but with one major addition—–dried prunes. They always added dried prunes as a final touch..

    • Alida

      Dear Eugene,
      Many thanks for this tip. I will try it next time.

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