Chiquetaille de Morue is Salted Codfish marinated in a hot peppery vinaigrette. This dish is an appetizer that is ideal for small gatherings. For large groups it will be pricey as the price of salted cod is a bit on the high side.
To make this dish, you must first de-salt the fish and grill it before adding the hot peppery sauce. Another way is to boil the fish for a few minutes first after desalting and slowly pan-fry it on the stove.
I don’t always have the luxury of using a gas or charcoal grill year round; I de-salt the fish in cold water first then place it in the oven under the broiler for a few minutes. That process works for me and does not change the texture of the fish much.
Desalting the codfish may be a bit tricky. The best way is to thoroughly rinse the cod under running cold water, remove as much salt as possible without pulling the meat apart and place it in a large bowl with plenty of water.
After a few hours, repeat the same process 3 or 4 times until you feel the fish has been desalted. I would suggest adding plenty of water if desalting it overnight or at least for 24 hours.
The hot peppery sauce needs very few ingredients. If you already have some Pikliz, you are good to go. If not, adding more hot peppers will do the trick.
I make my hot peppery marinade or sauce with scallions, onions, hot peppers, a couple of tablespoon of Pikliz, oil, lime juice black pepper and garlic. I do not add salt because the fish already has salt and since I do not eat a lot of salt that is enough for me. You may choose to add salt if you prefer, but I would suggest tasting the cooked fish first.
This dish is very popular in the Haitian community and many other Caribbean communities. Chiquetaille de Morue is best enjoyed with firm bread or fried plantains.
- 1 bag Salted Codfish 1 pound or 12 oz bag
- Plenty of water to de-salt
- 1 stalk Scallion finely chopped
- 1/4 cup White Onion finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon Fresh Hot Pepper chopped; Habanero or Scotch Bonnet
- 2 tablespoons Pikliz
- 1/2 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 teaspoon Fresh Lime Juice
- 1 clove Garlic minced
- De-salting the codfish may be a bit tricky. The best way is to thoroughly rinse the codfish under running cold water, remove as much salt as possible without pulling the meat apart and place it in a large bowl with plenty of water. After a few hours, repeat the same process 3 or 4 times until you feel the fish has been de-salted. Add plenty of water if de-salting it overnight.
- Cut the fish into large pieces and pat dry. In an oven preheated at 425 degree F, place the fish in a baking dish lined with a rack. Let fish cook under the broiler for 15 minutes. Remove and let cool.
- In a small bowl mix all remaining ingredients. Shred codfish into small pieces and mix with marinade. Add salt if necessary. Serve immediately or let all flavors blend well for at least 30 minutes before serving.