Spiritual Cod (Bacalhau Espiritual) 

Spiritual Cod (Bacalhau Espiritual) is a typical portuguese dish. It’s one of the thousand ways that portuguese have to cook Cod. It’s a traditional dish in Portugal, that is not that well known outside of its borders. The ingredients are really easy to find anywhere!

Spiritual Cod (Bacalhau Espiritual) made by Carolina Silva


2 bay leaves

3 soaked cod slices

1 onion and 4 cloves garlic

1dl olive oil

2 carrots

300g bread crumbs

2dl of cream

1 bouquet of parsley

salt and pepper


2 c. breadcrumb soup

2 c. of grated Parmesan cheese soup

1 purple onion

1 sprig of basil


Bring to the fire a bowl of water and laurel. As soon as it boils, add the cod. Cook for five minutes and let cool inside the broth.

Mix the bay leaves with the onion and the chopped garlic in the olive oil. Add the grated carrots and let it soften. Add the cod, cleaned of pimples and skin, and the crumb of bread. Drizzle with 2.5 dl of the cod broth, previously cooked, and cook until the bread softens. Add the cream and chopped parsley. Finally, season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.

Distribute the preparation by four individual bowls or in a baking pan. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs, cheese and bake at 200ºC for 20 min.

Remove from the heat, garnish with the purple onion rings, basil and serve next.

Spiritual Cod (Bacalhau Espiritual) made by Carolina Silva

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