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salted cod with eggs

Salted Cod with Eggs (Bacalhau a Bras)

It is said that there are more than 1000 recipes for bacalhau.  This one Salted cod with eggs is clearly one of the most popular.  Make it and see why, a true comfort food! You will need to plan for the cod to soak overnight for the recipe.

soaking time 12 hours
Servings 4
Calories 572 kcal
Author Darlene at International Cuisine



  • 1 pound salted dried cod boneless, if you can find it
  • 1 1/4 cups olive oil divided
  • 1 large potato cut into small matchsticks
  • 1 cup thinly sliced onion about 1/2 medium onion
  • 8 eggs 4 whole, 4 just yolks
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 12 black olives
  • Salt and pepper to taste



  1. Place the dried salt cod in a bowl of cold water overnight. Empty and refill with new water at least twice during this soaking time. The next day, drain out the water for the last time. (Make sure to remove the skin and bones from the cod if you couldn’t find it boneless)
  2. Add about 1 cup of oil into a deep pot or fryer and warm it over medium-high to high heat. Fry the potatoes in the hot oil until golden and crispy, about 7 to 10 minutes. Once the potatoes are fried, remove from the oil with a slotted spoon and place them on a paper towel to drain the excess oil.
  3. Add 1/4 cup oil to a skillet. Add the thinly sliced onion, chopped garlic and bay leaf and sauté together until golden, about 7 minutes. Add the shredded cod in with the onions and garlic and cook for several minutes until the fish absorbs the oil. Add the cooked potatoes and mix together.
  4. Next, lightly whisk the eggs, salt, and pepper together in a bowl. Add the eggs to the fish and potatoes and cook on very low heat until the eggs are soft, about 3 minutes. It’s important to remove the skillet from the heat before the eggs actually solidify you do not want scrambled eggs.
  5. Serve hot and garnish with olives and parsley.
Nutrition Facts
Salted Cod with Eggs (Bacalhau a Bras)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 572 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 499mg166%
Sodium 8165mg355%
Potassium 2085mg60%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 84g168%
Vitamin A 965IU19%
Vitamin C 18.9mg23%
Calcium 266mg27%
Iron 6.5mg36%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.