Caribbean-Styled Spicy Fish Balls

Delicious fish appetizer recipe, perfect for a brunch or a quick easy meal

I'm always in the hunt for something quick and easy. As I was searching, I came on this tasty dish from One of my go-to for island recipes. This recipe is perfect as an appetizer or part on an entrĂ©e. I'm thinking brunch with the girls or an easy Friday night meal. Did I mention the holidays are right around the corner, which means family flying into town and for us island folks that means having a variety of dishes and we love our seafood.

Poisson or fish in Haitian Creole is an island's favorite. Whether is stewed fish, boiled or fried we love it. Which brings me to this Spicy Fish Balls. So what do you need to create this:


1 lb fresh cod fillets
2 cloves garlic (crushed)
3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1 tablespoon chopped thyme
2 eggs
3/4 cup panko bread crumbs (any bread crumbs should work)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 scotch bonnet pepper (diced finely)
2-3 cups veg oil for frying
1/2 cup flour for dusting

Delicious fish appetizer recipe, perfect for a brunch or a quick easy meal

Looks simple enough, right? Trust me you can do it, and your family and friends will be impressed. I know you're looking for the steps right?


Wash and pat the fish dry with some paper towels. If you’re using frozen (pre-packaged) cod, give it a good squeeze as there’s usually a lot of water in it. Then cut into chunks and place into a food processor. The entire recipe will be done in the food processor, but if you don’t have one, don’t fret. Simply chop the cod fish very fine and mix all the ingredients in a large bowl.

Delicious fish appetizer recipe, perfect for a brunch or a quick easy meal

Read the full recipe HERE.

Before you go, if you making this did for a brunch, kick it up a notch and pair it with wine. So which wine do you pair cod with? According to whites works best with this type of fish.

Wine with Medium Textured Fish
"Look for medium bodied whites with high aromatics and rich full-bodied whites aged in oak."

Sauvignon Blanc (CA)
Sauvignon Blanc (NZ)
White Rioja
Dry Chenin Blanc
Fiano (Italy)
Moschofilero (Greece)
Dry Riesling (Washington)
Pinot Gris (US)
Pinot Gris (Alsace)
Garganega (Soave)

There you have it, access to a simple appetizer with wine pairing. Enjoy and don't forget to share with us if you made this recipe.

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