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Cassava and cod latkes


  • 8 oz (1 to 2 fillets) salted cod (to make about 1 cup soaked and shredded)
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 4 medium eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup chopped green cabbage
  • 4 tablespoons dried shrimp
  • 1 lb cassava, peeled (about 3 to 4 roots)
  • 1/4 cup neutral oil (like canola or grapeseed)
  • Apple sauce or sour cream, for serving
  • Chopped scallions, for serving


  1. Soak the cod in water for a couple of hours to remove excess salt (alternatively, you can boil the cod, drain it, and then bring it to a boil again). When the cod is ready, use a fork to shred it into a large non-reactive stainless-steel bowl.
  2. In a separate large bowl, combine the flour, salt, sugar, and three-quarter cup of water and mix well. Add the eggs and whisk until emulsified and free of lumps.
  3. Fold in the chopped cabbage, shredded cod, and dried shrimp and continue to mix until fully incorporated. Let this batter rest while preparing the cassava.
  4. Using a box grater, grate the cassava roots. Wrap in cheesecloth and squeeze to remove excess liquid. Transfer the grated cassava to the bowl with the batter and fold in until fully incorporated.
  5. Heat the oil in a large skillet or cast-iron pan over medium-low heat until it reaches 300°F.
  6. Working in batches, use a ladle to add about four scoops (about half a cup each) of cassava batter to the pan; be careful not to crowd the pan.
  7. When the edge of the latkes become firm and cooked, four to five minutes per side, use a spatula to flip them. Adjust the heat if necessary so they don’t burn. Transfer the latkes to a wire rack placed on top of a baking sheet to drain any excess oil for two minutes. Repeat in batches of four, for a total of 12 latkes.
  8. Season with salt and serve immediately with apple sauce or sour cream or the dip of your choice, and sprinkled with chopped scallions. Enjoy! 

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