Salt Cod or Ling

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Floyd on Britain & Ireland

By Keith Floyd

Published 1988

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Billy likes to serve this with fried potatoes and cabbage cakes – a version of Bubble and Squeak – though, of course, plain boiled potatoes would be very good too.


  • 1 generous piece salt cod or ling
  • Onions, sliced
  • Onions, whole and stuck with cloves
  • Carrots, sliced Parsley
  • pints (850 ml) milk


Soak the salt cod or ling in cold water overnight, then rinse thoroughly under fresh water. Simmer the fish in fresh water for 10 minutes and strain.

Transfer the fish to a shallow tray. Add sliced raw onions and several whole onions stuck with cloves, sliced carrots and parsley (the quantities will depend on the size of the piece of fish). Cover with milk, add 2 cloves and some pepper and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the fish is cooked and tender. Remove the fish and vegetables to a serving plate and thicken the remaining milk with a little nut of flour and butter mixed together. Strain this sauce over the fish and vegetables, and garnish with parsley.