Salted Cod Recipe Caribbean Inspired (Whole30, Paleo)


My recent trip to the Caribbean inspired this unbelievably flavorful dish.  This Salted Cod Recipe is my attempt to recreate a Caribbean favorite called bacaloa (dried salt cod). Paleo, Whole30

Salted Cod Recipe inspired by a Caribbean favorite (bacaloa). Salt and cod fish combined with fresh ingredients for a unique dish. #whole30recipes #paleorecipes

A week cruising the Caribbean while tasting my way through the islands.  I’ve been home less than a week and I am really missing the glorious colors, salty air and amazing food.

I was aboard the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas.  It is a GIANT ship!  So much to do, see and eat.

Royal Caribbean

I was part of a photography retreat organized by Today’s Mama.  It was a truly unforgettable experience.  I met so many wonderful people.  Had so much fun.  And ate loads of delicious food.

We had the opportunity to enjoy some local St Thomas flavors prepared by Chef Digby.  He made Kalalloo (a gumbo type dish) and Bacaloa (salted cod fish).  We also had our fill of Johnny Cakes and Mini Spiced Pies.

I fell in love with the Salted Cod.  It was super salty (in a good way) with fresh flavors.  It reminded me of ceviche, which I adore!

You may have seen this photo on my Instagram Feed.  What!?!  You’re not following WonkyWonderful on Instagram?  Check Me Out!

Take a peek at my shipmate, Barbara’s Caribbean experience.  Or Busy Mom’s Helper shared her story about leaving home for the trip.

And certainly do not miss Barbara’s recreation of the Bacon Wrapped Chicken Stuffed Jalapeno Bites!

Caribbean Flavor

Of course, my Salted Cod Recipe will never be as good as the one I ate while on St Thomas.  First, I do not have access to traditional Salted Cod.  Second, I’m not eating it while laying on a gorgeous beach.

Just look at that view.

Caribbean Beach

But, this Salted Cod Recipe tastes great and will keep me satisfied until I can get back to the Caribbean islands.  Now if I could only get some conch!

I gently poached my cod then mixed it with the fresh ingredients. (Check out this in depth How To Poach Fish tutorial by Food52)

I could eat this by the bucket full!  Seriously.

Because I am unable to use salted cod I added more salt to this recipe than I usually would.  It really creates that salty, beachy, fish flavor. 

Salted Cod Recipe inspired by a Caribbean favorite (bacaloa). Salt and cod fish combined with fresh ingredients for a unique dish.

Caribbean Inspired Salted Cod
Servings: 4
Author: WonkyWonderful
  • 1 Lb Cod - poached chilled then flaked
  • 1/2 Red Bell Pepper - chopped
  • 1/2 Small Red Onion - chopped
  • Juice of 1 Lime
  • 2 Tablespoons Avocado Oil or olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt or less if preferred
  • Handful Fresh Cilantro - chopped
  • 1/2 Avocado - chopped or sliced
  1. Mix all ingredients.
  2. Best if refrigerated for 1 hour before serving.
Recipe Notes
Tastes great with quinoa!

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  1. Amazing! Wish we were there all over again, thanks for giving me a way to share these moments with my family

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Me too, Stacy! I hope to see you at the next Click Retreat and maybe spend a little time hanging out 🙂

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