Basque Cod Fish Pil-Pil Recipe

Serves/Makes: 4


  • 1 pound salt cod, skinless and boneless
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup chicken stock (simmered with 1-inch piece lemon peel) or use canned
  • 1 egg, beaten
How to cook Basque Cod Fish Pil-Pil:
  • Cut the salt cod into 1-inch-wide serving pieces and rinse well. Soak for 24 hours or more, rinsing with fresh water several times.
  • Cook the salt cod in fresh water for about 15 minutes, or until it can be easily flaked, but leave the pieces whole. Drain and let cool, discarding the liquid.
  • Heat a large frying pan and add the oil and crushed garlic. Saute over medium heat until the garlic barely begins to brown.
  • Add the red pepper flakes, the drained cod, and the chicken stock. Bring to a simmer while shaking the pan gently.
  • With a pancake turner, remove the cod to a platter. Turn off the heat, add the beaten egg and return to low heat.
  • Stir the liquid constantly until the sauce begins to thicken. Remove from the heat and immediately pour over the fish and serve.


The Basque Cod Fish Pil-Pil recipe very easy to prepare and so good!


Pil-Pil means that the item has been prepared in a particular kind of sauce, originating in the Basque country.

This recipe for Basque Cod Fish Pil-Pil serves/makes: 4

The Basque Cod Fish Pil-Pil recipe is adopted from The Frugal Gourmet On Our Immigrant Ancestors 1990.

Main Ingredient: Cod (more Cod recipes)
Preparation Method: Poached/Simmered (more Poached/Simmered recipes)
Cuisine: Spanish (more Spanish recipes)

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