Bacalao Guisado (Codfish Stew)

Total Time:
45 min
Prep:
25 min
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
4 to 6 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 3 pounds dried codfish
  • 1 gallon water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 culantro* leaves, chopped
  • 2 whole bay leaves
  • 2 red bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 2 potatoes, peeled, diced and boiled until tender
  • 4 sprigs cilantro, leaves chopped, for garnish
  • Serving suggestion: white rice or cooked plantains
Directions

*Culantro can be found in specialty Latin markets. Recao or cilantro may also be used, but if these ingredients are substituted, double the amount called for.

In a large pot, add the codfish and cover with 1 gallon of water. Bring it to a boil and cook for 10 minutes to remove the salt. Drain the cod and break it into small flakes with a spoon. Set aside.

In a large frying pan heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the green peppers, onion, tomatoes, and culantro and cook for 2 minutes. Add the codfish, bay leaves, red bell peppers, tomato paste, and capers. Cook until the vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes. Add the boiled potatoes and cook until heated through, about 2 more minutes. Garnish with cilantro. Serve with rice or cooked plantains, if desired.

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    This dish was really OK but didn't blow my mind. I had to adjust the flavor by adding a few more non perils that called for in the recipe which made all of the difference in the world.
    Delicious recipe, came out exactly the way I was expecting ( like my grandmas used to cook the codfish) the only thing I change is that I don't like boil the codfish I just put the codfish in water and then do my codfish salad or cook the codfish stew. Just simple and delicious!!!
    IM SO EMBRASSED U GUYS HAVE THESE RECIPES IN HERE THAT NOT HOW U MAKE IT WHAT HAPPEN TO THE SOFRITO U HAVE TO DO IT THE PUERTO RICAN TRADITIONAL WAY !!!!! PLZ PEOPLE GET IT RIGHT
    This is very simple to do. I come to Puerto Rico at least 3 times a year. I stay in the heart of Puerto Rico about 10 minutes to where the resturant that makes this is meal Resturant Aquaviva must visit. ( location where I stay/w/h oceanview 890 Ashford Ave San Juan, PR) If interested in staying here call so I can send info.I pay about $85 a day. Compare to near by hotels $240 a day. Beach is about 2 min away.(410)637-9330.
     
    First of all, recao IS culantro NOT cilantro! This recipe is ok but I personally don't like all that stuff in my bacalao. I Prefer to do away with the capers and substitute the tomato paste with tomato sauce. that's just me. Other than that, boricua all the way!
    GREAT RECIPE. FOOD NET WORK SHOULD DO MORE RECIPES OF PUERTO RICO THEY HAVE LOTS OF DIFFERENT AND DELICIOUS FOOD. ALSO ITS A GREAT PLACE TO GO FOR A VACATION, I CANT WAIT TO GO BACK
    The best Bacalao ever, Thank you
    My mom used to make this for dinner growing up. The recipe was easy to follow, and the results were great... The codfish stew brought me back to my childhood.
    This has become a regular family staple.
    Good, it's actually a variation of the old Spanish Biscay Cod (Bacalao A La Vizcaina)> It was missing the 4 cloves of garlic and 2 additional tomatoes, note, they need to be peeled and seeded! Sautee onions & garlic together, then add the peppers & tomatoes cook further before adding the rest of ingredients.
    nada mejor que un buen bacalao puertorrique?o, La Casita Blanca lo hace mejo, no mas que yo, claro, Ja Ja
    Brings memories when my grandma made this for Fridays! It's really good! I'm so proud that she got 2 go 2 Puerto Rico, my island! THANK YOU!
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