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Paleo Cod & Plantain Fritters

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I’ve got a new recipe I know you’re gonna love: Cod & Plantain Fritters!

Made with simple ingredients and an easy dipping sauce, these fritters make an excellent lunch or weeknight dinner. Of course, this recipe is paleo, gluten free, and Whole30!

Paleo Cod & Plantain Fritters |

Plantain recipes are some of the most popular recipes on my blog. Seriously, this is one of my all time favorite ingredients to cook with. So of course I have a host of paleo plantain recipes to share!

I just checked. This is the 18th plantain recipe on DoYouEvenPaleo. Pretty cool, right?

Admittedly, I thought I had more than that. Looks like I need to cook up more recipes with this versatile fruit!

Well. That’s a little misleading, because I have a bunch of plantain recipes in the pipeline. I just can’t always get my hands on them in Fargo, ND!

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Anyway, about these cod & plantain fritters.

Turns out that a popular traditional pairing for plantains is fish. I’ve been doing a bit of research into the culinary history of plantains, as well as some traditional recipes. The plantain and fish combo definitely popped out to me! I knew I’d have to try it somehow.

Well, after digging into some of the analytics behind my blog, I found that “plantain fritters” are a pretty common search term around here. I’d be kind of silly to ignore that, since I don’t already have a fritter recipe.

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So—duh—plantain and fish fritters it is!

Cod was a great choice for this recipe. In my area, it’s the cheapest sustainably-sourced fish I can find. Plus, it’s easy to work with.

These little pan-fried fritters have a crispy exterior and are soft inside. Each bite has the sweet touch of ripe plantains with an unmistakable fish flavor. It’s that solid sweet & savory combo that always makes me spontaneously start dancing in the kitchen while I eat.

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Oooh, and that dipping sauce? Super simple. But it adds a smidge of creaminess and kick to the overall dish that’s hard to beat!

Alternatively, you could add paprika instead of chipotle for the sauce or use something zesty like chimichurri. Heck, even a homemade pico de gallo or mango salsa would make a great companion. Use whatever you think would elevate these fritters to the next level. How’s that?

This fritter recipe may seem a little daunting. Really, it’s quite simple. Poach the fish, boil the plantains, mash it all together, and fry. Then you can whip up the exceedingly simple chipotle mayo dipping sauce and go to town on these pan-fried cakes!

Cod & Plantain Fritters Recipe

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Paleo Cod & Plantain Fritters

  • Author: Chelsea @
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 servings 1x
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: pan-fried


  • 2 plantains (yellow)
  • 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 10 ounces raw cod (roughly 1 packed cup cooked cod)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (about 1/2 teaspoon)
  • Cilantro, for garnish
  • 1/4 cup Primal Kitchen mayo
  • 2 tablespoons water or coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder


  1. Slice the ends off the plantains and cut into 3-4 sections. Add to a deep pot and cover with water. Add 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil (this prevents sticky residue in the pot) and bring the water to a boil. Boil the plantains for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, add the cod to a greased skillet and cover completely with water. Bring the water to a boil, then immediately reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes or until the fish is completely opaque throughout. Use kitchen tongs transfer the cooked cod to a paper towel-lined plate.
  3. Drain the plantains and let cool enough to handle. Discard the peels (they should come off easily). Put the plantains in a large mixing bowl and mash with a potato masher or a fork. Add the cod, egg, arrowroot powder, onion, and garlic. Mix together, until arrowroot powder and egg are no longer visible.
  4. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Shape the batter into 6-8 cakes, using about 1/4 cup of batter for each cake. Add 4 cakes to the skillet and pan-fry for 5 minutes on each side. Repeat with the remaining fritters, adding more oil to the pan if necessary.
  5. For the dipping sauce, whisk together the mayo, water, and chipotle powder.
  6. Serve the cakes garnished with cilantro and alongside the dipping sauce.


  • Serving Size: 2 fritters

Keywords: Paleo Cod & Plantain Fritters, Cod fritters, plantain fritters, plantain patties


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I'm Chelsea, the author behind Chelsea Joy Eats! I believe life should be full of flavor. I enjoy creating recipes that are nourishing, flavorful, and satisfying. When not experimenting in the kitchen, I usually have a camera, barbell, or mug of coffee in hand. My posts may include affiliate links, which means if you click through a purchase something, I make a small commission at no cost to you. It helps me fuel my coffee habit and pay rent!

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