Colombian-Style Fish Balls (Albóndigas de Pescado)

by Erica Dinho on October 9, 2009

Fish BallsI went to the supermarket this week and must admit that it is one of my favorite places in the world. I just love any place where good food is displayed in such abundance. I saw these beautiful cod fish fillets and couldn’t resist, so I bought one pound of them. I came home and realized that I had no idea what to do with this fish. It was a difficult decision :) but I thought Mamita’s Albóndigas de Pescado were the perfect recipe. Enjoy!



(10 to 12 fish balls)

  • 1 pound codfish or other white fish
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup oil for frying


  1. Place 1 tablespoon butter, 1 tablespoon oil, onion, red bell pepper, garlic, cilantro, salt, and pepper in a large sauté pan over medium-low heat and cook until the vegetables are soft, approximately 10 minutes. Set aside.
  2. In a medium pot place the fish, 2 cups water, salt, pepper and bay leaf. Cook about 8-10 minutes.
  3. Place the fish in a large bowl and let it cool. Break the fish into small pieces and toss with the bread crumbs, milk and 2 eggs. Add the cooked mixture and mix well. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. Shape into small balls.
  4. Place the flour in a plate and the beaten egg in shallow dish. First coat the fish balls with egg and then with the flour.
  5. Heat the oil for frying over medium heat in a large sauté pan. Add the fish balls and fry for 4 to 5 minutes on each side until browned. Drain on paper towels. Serve hot with lime and your favorite sauce on the side.
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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Atreyee October 9, 2009 at 1:30 PM

I made some fish working within a framework of one of your recipes. Thanks a lot. I would really appreciate of you checked up on it.



2 rebecca subbiah October 9, 2009 at 2:05 PM

oh i love these little babies could I feature it on the seafood blog?he he he he can’t get rid of me!!!


3 Erica October 9, 2009 at 2:13 PM

Hi Rebecca,
of course!


4 BAKING is my ZeN October 9, 2009 at 3:09 PM

This looks so yummy!!!


5 Vijitha Shyam October 9, 2009 at 3:25 PM

Yummy! They look gorgeous. Cann’t get enough of them!


6 KennyT October 9, 2009 at 3:34 PM

Wow, these fish balls look so yummy!

Btw, I’m with you, I love supermarkets too, hahahahaha. I get ADHD whenever I’m in supermarkets, coz I got distracted by everything there, so it’s a must for me to bring a written list when I go shopping, so that I won’t miss out any items that I’ve planned to buy.


7 Lori Lynn October 9, 2009 at 5:35 PM

They sound so tasty. Definitely with lime and hot sauce for me.


8 Claudia Medeiros October 9, 2009 at 8:07 PM

Delicious recipe !
I loved the new blog layout :D
Hava a wonderful weekend !!!


9 Oysterculture October 9, 2009 at 8:34 PM

I love these, I had something similar in Martinique but they were made with salted cod, and so tasty. I cannot wait to try your version.


10 Erica October 9, 2009 at 9:15 PM

Thanks guys for the comments :)


11 Kim October 10, 2009 at 12:00 AM

I’m would be more than happy to do a guest post on your blog. Can you email me at I’ve never done a guest post before, sounds like fun :D
Love the fish balls.


12 Natasha - 5 Star Foodie October 10, 2009 at 6:46 AM

Fish balls sound excellent, I can’t wait to try this recipe!


13 Erica October 10, 2009 at 7:20 AM

Thank you Kim.


14 girlichef October 10, 2009 at 10:32 AM

YUM!! These sound great, I would love to give them a try :D


15 Vij November 3, 2009 at 1:58 AM

That looks super tasty!


16 amy December 13, 2009 at 11:23 AM

I made these for my Colombian husband and he said they were perfect. We live in Brazil and have been limited to Brazilian food… as well he hasn’t been home to Cali in 5 years. When I found your website I was so excited, you’ve done a lot of work on this and it’s such a wonderful and generous thing to do. You’ve definitely added to our lives and I look forward to trying out many more of your recipes! thanks so very much!


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