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Pate Kode: Haitian Flavor Explodes – Master This Street Food Gem with Chef France’s Tips & Twist!

Pate Kode by Chef France Michel

Pate Kode, pronounced “pat kord-ay,” is a savory Haitian street food legend. These golden-fried pockets of deliciousness boast a flaky crust and flavorful fillings, making them a beloved snack or light meal. Whether you’re a Haitian food enthusiast or simply seeking a new culinary adventure, pate kode is an absolute must-try.

The Basics:

  • Crust: Traditionally made with flour, water, salt, and baking powder, the dough is simple and versatile. Some recipes incorporate shortening or butter for richness, while others keep it vegan-friendly.
  • Fillings: The sky’s the limit! Popular options include seasoned ground meat, smoked herring, or a combination of both. Vegetables like cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, watercress, and bell peppers add color and texture.
Pate Kode by Chef France Michel
Pate Kode by Chef France Michel

Tips and a Tasty Twist According to Chef France:

  • Do not use expired or rancic flour
  • Clean your work surface thoroughly before starting the pate kode
  • The water must be at room temperature; otherwise, the dough will not mix well.
  • You can lightly season the dough, but it is not necessary if you are using fillings that are not seasoned, such as plain vegetables.
  • Do not roll out the dough too thick; 1/8 – 1/4 inch is enough.
  • Use fresh oil.
  • Do not undercook the pate kode. Fry them golden brown.

Tips for Making Pate Kode by Chef France Michel:

  • Dough magic: Ensure your dough is well-rested for a tender crust. Let it chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before rolling.
  • Filling finesse: Don’t overstuff your patties! Leave enough space for crimping and prevent them from bursting open during frying.
  • Golden glow: Use neutral oil with a high smoke point for frying, like canola or vegetable oil. Maintain consistent heat to achieve a beautiful golden brown color without burning.
  • Draining dance: Let your fried patties drain on paper towels to remove excess oil and achieve that satisfying crispy texture.

Vegan Option:

For a plant-based twist, try a lentil and mushroom filling! Sauté chopped mushrooms, onions, and spices with cooked lentils for a protein-packed filling. Season with your favorite herbs and a touch of vegan Worcestershire sauce for depth of flavor.

Oil Alternatives:

While traditional recipes use oil for frying, you can explore healthier options. Air frying achieves a similar crispy texture with significantly less oil. If you prefer oven-baked pastries, brush the patties with melted vegan butter or olive oil for a light coating.

Pate Kode by Chef France Michel
Pate Kode by Chef France Michel

The Pairings

Pate Kode’s versatility makes it perfect for various pairings, complementing its savory profile and crispy texture. Here are some delicious options:

Side Dishes:

  • Haitian Coleslaw: Shredded cabbage with carrots, onions, and a light vinaigrette brings a refreshing crunch and acidity.
  • Fried Plantains: Sweet and salty fried plantains offer a textural contrast and additional flavor dimension.
  • Haitian Black Rice: Earthy and slightly sweet black rice provides a healthy and satisfying base for the savory patties.
  • Salad: A light salad with mixed greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, and a vinaigrette provides a refreshing counterpoint.
  • Roasted or Grilled Vegetables: Additional roasted vegetables like beets or cabbage, and eggplants add tangy notes and complement the Haitian theme.


  • Ti-Punch: A sweet and tart Haitian fruit punch pairs well with the richness of the Pate Kode.
  • Rum Punch: For a stronger option, a classic Haitian rum punch adds a festive touch.
  • Ginger Beer: Spicy and refreshing, ginger beer cleanses the palate and complements the savory flavors.
  • Fresh Coconut Water: Naturally sweet and hydrating, coconut water is a healthy and refreshing accompaniment.
  • Iced Tea: A simple iced tea provides a neutral and refreshing drink with any meal

Additional Tips:

  • Consider the filling when choosing pairings. Spicy fillings might pair better with cooling dips like aioli or coconut water, while milder fillings might benefit from bolder flavors like hot sauce or rum punch.
  • Match the formality of the occasion. For a casual snack, simple pairings like ketchup and coleslaw might suffice, while a more elaborate meal might call for a variety of dips and sides.
  • Ultimately, the best pairings are a matter of personal preference! Experiment and discover what you enjoy most with your Pate Kode.

I hope this helps you create delicious and enjoyable pairings for your next Pate Kode experience!

Beyond the Bite:

Pate Kode is delicious on its own, but pair it with your favorite dipping sauces for an extra flavor punch. NouBess Hot and Spicy Condiments, pikliz (Haitian pickled relish), or a simple aioli all complement the savory notes perfectly.

So, grab your ingredients, heat up the oil, and get ready to experience the magic of Pate Kode! Share your creations and tips in the comments below, and let’s celebrate this Haitian street food gem together.

Bonus Tip: Don’t be afraid to experiment! Try different fillings, explore alternative cooking methods, and make Pate Kode your own culinary adventure.

Here is the recipe and enjoy!


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Pate Kode by Chef France Michel

Haitian Pate Kode: Golden Pockets of Flavor

Pate Kode are irresistible savory fried pastries bursting with delicious fillings. This recipe offers a basic dough and various filling options to create your perfect flavor combination.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizers and Snacks
Cuisine Haitian Cuisine
Servings 4
Calories 910 kcal


For the Dough:

Filling Options:

  • Smoked Herring: Chiktay Hareng Saur or Chiquetaille Hareng
  • Veggie Delight: Watercress, sliced tomatoes, bell peppers (optional)
  • Pikliz Power: Pikliz, lettuce, shredded carrots, tomatoes
  • Meat Lover: Cooked meat, beef, chicken, pork, pikliz, green leafy vegetable (spinach, arugula, etc.

To make fry the pate kode

  • vegetable oil for frying about 1 quart


  • Prepare your filling: Choose your desired filling and have it ready before starting the dough.
  • Make the dough: In a large bowl, combine the flour. Create a well in the center and add the oil and half the warm water. Mix until just combined.
  • Knead the dough: Gradually add the remaining water and use your hands to knead the dough for several minutes. It should be moist but not sticky, forming a smooth ball.
  • Shape and divide: Roll the dough into a log and cut it into 4 equal pieces.
  • Roll and fill: Flatten each piece with a rolling pin. Place a spoonful of your chosen filling on one side of the dough round. Fold the other half over and press the edges firmly to seal. Use a fork to crimp the edges for a decorative touch.
  • Fry to perfection: Heat the oil in a deep pan or fryer to medium-high heat. Carefully add the patties and cook for 5-8 minutes per side until golden brown and crispy.
  • Drain and enjoy: Drain the fried Pate Kode on paper towels to remove excess oil. Serve hot as an appetizer, snack, or part of a Haitian "fritay" (fried food spread).


  • For a vegan dough, substitute a butter vegan option for the oil.
  • To prevent sticking, lightly flour your rolling pin and surface when shaping the dough.
  • Don’t overcrowd the pan when frying. Cook the patties in batches for even browning.
  • Experiment with different dipping sauces like pikliz, NouBess Hot and Spicy Sauce, ketchup, or aioli.
  • Leftover Pate Kode can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days and reheated in a preheated oven at 350°F for a few minutes.
  • Nutrition

    Calories: 910kcalCarbohydrates: 191gProtein: 26gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0.4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.2gSodium: 9mgPotassium: 268mgFiber: 7gSugar: 1gCalcium: 40mgIron: 12mg

    Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

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