Bacalao a la criolla (Codfish a la Dominicana)

Bacalao a la criolla (Codfish a la Dominicana)

Salted codfish is known as a food in most of the Caribbean, probably brought by sailors who used this method of  preservation to transport fish from across the ocean, making it popular across the Caribbean islands.

Bacalao a la criolla (Codfish a la Dominicana)

Back in the days when the Catholic church mandated its followers to abstain from meat on Fridays this dish was almost the official dish of abstention days, later on it was popular during lent and it has now simply become part of our everyday cuisine.

Aunt Clara

Bacalao a la criolla (Codfish a la Dominicana)
Bacalao a la Criolla is an example of how exotic ingredients ended up being very common elements of Dominican cuisine. This is the traditional Friday dish during lent in our country.
Serves: 6 servings
  • 2 lbs of salted dried codfish
  • 1 lb. of potatoes.
  • 2 green bell peppers, diced into cubes
  • ¼ cup of seeded olives, sliced
  • 1 small red onion, cut into thin slices
  • 4 plum tomatoes, cut into quarters
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 cup of tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of crushed garlic
  • Salt
  1. Soak the codfish in abundant water overnight, or at least two hours.
  2. Boil the codfish and potatoes in half a gallon of water till tender.
  3. Flake the codfish and peel and dice the potatoes, reserve.
  4. In a pot heat the oil over medium heat.
  5. Cook and stir the onion, olives, pepper, tomatoes, and garlic until the onions become transparent.
  6. Add 1 cup of water and simmer over low heat for 3 minutes.
  7. Add the codfish and tomato sauce, stir.
  8. Add 1 cup of water and the potatoes, simmer over low heat for 10 minutes.
  9. Season with salt to taste.
  10. Serve with with moro de habichuelas or rice of your choice.
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  • niurka paulino June 16, 2013, 7:41 PM

    Gracias, thanks for the recipe.

  • denisse April 5, 2013, 11:07 AM

    Me encanta el bacalao. Voy a tratar de cocinarlo el domingo a ver como me queda. Thanx :)

  • Lili February 15, 2013, 11:08 PM

    Is my first time I’m going to cook bacalao, my husband is Dominican and I love to give to him this surprise . I let you know how was.
    Thank you for the recipi.

  • maximo December 29, 2011, 9:13 AM

    ese es uno de mis platos preferido

    pero como lo hago? si la receta esta en ingles y nosotros los dominicanos hablamos espanol :(

  • My Fudo September 24, 2011, 12:39 AM

    I wanna try a dominican cuisine. Looks sumptuous to me and interesting to savor. I like it.

  • Russell at Chasing D September 22, 2011, 6:33 PM

    Beautiful! This recipe sounds scrumptious. I haven't tried anything like this yet. I will need to change that.

  • Vanessa April 21, 2011, 11:03 AM

    This is one of my favorite foods! I would look forward to going to my grandmother's house on Fridays and Saturdays during Lent when I was younger just for my bacalao… I am so making bacalao this week… thanks for the recipe!!! :)