Thursday, July 5, 2012

Cod Corn Fritters with Garlic Sauce (Food Channel semi-finalist)

This recipe is my twist/take on an old family favorite. The sweetness of the corn and the amazing flavor of the cod with the potatoes is just amazing!  Couple that with the addictive garlic sauce for dipping or spreading and some nice crusty bread... well, let's just say, you won't be able to stop at 2 or maybe 3, 4....

This recipe was literally created for one of the food groups that I belong to over at my favorite recipe site "Just a Pinch".  
That being said, last October I was chosen as one of the 3 semi-finalist for the actual "Food Channel" for the"seafood" category.  There was  12 semi-finalists, 3 in each of the 4 categories.  
They emailed me, wanted me to make a video... 
I'm like, "NO", I hate my picture being taken, I am always am behind the camera, DARN IT ALL!! The video had to be 2:30 or less minutes (I didn't make it, lol).

I was hesitant on the video to be honest, I was petrified, but I did it.  I also thought I explained myself thoroughly as well.
I didn't win!!  Why you ask?  I mean I was gorgeous and just funny and all, right?  *insert wink*
Because I went over the time limit on the video... You will notice that the video is literally 2:31 seconds... I had to perform in under 2:30 and bottom line is I failed!!  I didn't follow the instructions, I winged it.  Also, I transposed the name of the dish.  My dish is Cod Corn Fritters yet when I created the YouTube video, I named it Corn Cod Fritters!!
That's the exact reason the Food Channel gave me.  They literally told me, I was over the time limit and they had to consult with producers for an allotted time... and my video name wasn't the same as my "recipe" name.
Marissa the producer that called me stating, "Didi, I wish from the bottom of my heart that you had not gone over... we fought about this, told them you did not realize you were over and we could fix this because honestly, you had us laughing and wanting to make your fritters"!!

So my friends if you are interested in entering competitions of any kind, let me give you a very wise piece of advice.  Follow the rules, ALWAYS!!  Don't think, well.... *insert ding*
Nope, not gonna happen, rules are made to be abided by yes?
Take it from me, follow the darn rules!!  Here's the video, be kind now!

Ready for the recipe?  Here we go:


Garlic Sauce:
2-3 garlic cloves crushed
1-1/2 tsp salt
2 medium potatoes boiled 
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1-2 tbsp white wine vinegar (not balsamic)
1 tbsp fresh parsley chopped

Cod Fritters:

4 medium potatoes boiled
2 cod fillet's about 4-6 ounces each
2 eggs

1/4 cups flour
1/4 cup panko unseasoned bread crumbs
1/3-1/2 cup corn steamed or boiled
1 tbsp butter

1/4 cup fresh parsley chopped
2 tsp fresh marjoram (1/2 tsp dried)
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 small onion finely diced
1 tsp old bay seasoning

Dredging Flours:
1-1/2 cups flour
1-1/2 cup seasoned regular bread crumbs
2 eggs
1 tbsp water

Cooks note:  Boil all 6 potatoes at once to save time.

-Scrub and wash potatoes, cube and boil till tender.  Prepare flour ingredients and set aside.  Place cod fillets in a steamer basket and microwave (like I did) for 6 minutes, or steam for 8-10 minutes.  Let cool slightly till you are able to handle and then flake fillets.

-Take 2 of the potatoes ( see below) and roughly dice.  Add them to the food processor along with the garlic, salt, oil and vinegar.  Pulse till completely pureed, add fresh parsley.  Taste for seasonings. Place sauce in a pretty bowl and set in refrigerator to chill. 

-Once the potatoes have boiled, rinse with cold water to stop cooking, drain.  Let sit for a minute or so.  When slightly cooled in a separate bowl, mash the potatoes.  

-Add in the rest of your ingredients to the potatoes.  Mix well.

-Lastly, add in your thawed corn.

-Let's start rolling our mixture into balls now shall we?  Using and ice cream scoop, make into even balls.  

-We should heat up our oil now.  Add enough oil to measure 2" into our pan, or use your deep fryer.

-As oil is heating, dredge the cod balls first into flour, then into the egg mixture, and finally into the seasoned bread crumbs.  Place the cod corn balls into the hot oil. Lower the heat just a smidgen. Brown on all sides and remove from heat.  Lay on paper toweled  plate.  Season with salt and keep warm.  Finish the rest of the fritters. 

-Serve the fritters with the garlic sauce and veggie of choice if so desired (I used greens with olive oil & lemon juice).  

-Skewer the fritters with a toothpick and a cube of bread if so desired.  Dip into the garlic sauce...
This will be perfect for appetizers!!

 ****Don't forget to double the sauce, this sauce is highly addictive, oh and the gum****

Till next time!!

Dishin with Didi


  1. What a great job you did with that video!!! Did I ever tell you how freakin adorable you are!!!! XOXOX

    1. Awwwwww my gorgeous one!! Thank you Lillian, I was never more nervous in my life, trust me!! It took at least 20 tries just to do that take, I was like a deer in headlights, trust me!! lol

  2. Yum... I seriously cant wait to try this. Gonna have to do some substitutions for the flours & bread crumbs but I bet I can figure it out.
    You Rock, Girl!!

    1. I know you will love it!! Please share with us the subs for flour as well, that would be great!

  3. WOW! The garlic sauce really sounds delicious! :)

    1. Thank you, it is so very, very easy!! Were all about easy! ;-)

  4. The rules were bit hard, don't you think! Do they check it so minutely?

    Anyhow whether it is corn cod or cod corn the dish is same and taste same, isn't it. I really like the whole thing.

    1. Hi Balvinder,
      Yes they do. At first I was soooo disappointed, then I sat back (with my hubby's guidance that is) and thought about it. Their on a time limit, it literally goes by seconds. I'm sure with takes it could of been done, but at the end of the day, I went over and saw that I went over and submitted anyway without retake, does that make sense?
      As for the name, you should of seen the rules in the emails... ugh!! I can't tell you how many times they said, VERBAGE AND NAMES must be identical!!

      Thank you, your encouragment really touched me!!

  5. Congratulations (in my head you won)!! What a great recipe! I can't wait to try these. I'm so glad I've gotten to know you and your recipes through Kitchen Chew on Facebook. You have such great energy and that's why I nominated you and your blog for The Addictive Blog Award. You can find more information at Thanks for everything and congratulations!

    1. Oh my goodness Stephanie!! What an honor, thank you so very, very much!!! I can't thank Daniela enough for inviting me to the Kitchen Chew on FB. The talent, the recipes, the friendliest of ppl and the support of one another is next to none!! Thank you so very much, you just made my Friday!!!! :-)

  6. Didi!!! I love your cute are you????? I can't believe 1 second put you out of the race with this wonderful recipe!! Hey, their loss, honey you rock!!! :) xoxoxo

    1. My sweet Melissa!! No worries, it's always live and learn yes? xoxoxo