Surprise! Meghan Markle’s Favorite Recipe Is One You Didn’t Even Know Existed

Once upon a time Meghan, Duchess of Sussex ran a lifestyle blog called The Tig where she shared tips for everything from traveling to fashion and even posted some of her favorite recipes. She gave up her blog to marry Prince Harry but now that the couple has stepped down as senior royals, some believe the former Suits star will relaunch it

Meghan Markle
Meghan Markle | Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

While fans wait to see if that happens, many have been digging through The Tig archives for some of Meghan’s forgotten favorites. If you never read her blog then you probably don’t know she is a big fan of salt cod fritters and shared a recipe from a celebrity chef of how to make them in your own kitchen. Read on to find out how you can cook up cod fritters at home.

Meghan discussed when she fell in love with cod fritters

The Duchess of Sussex enjoys cooking and that is exactly what she and Harry were doing when he proposed to her in 2017. The pair explained in their engagement video that they were roasting chicken just before the prince popped the question. But Meghan’s love for food and cooking goes back years before she met her husband.

In a post from Sept. 25, 2014, on her now-defunct blog, Meghan revealed that she fell in love with cod fritters at a mom and pop’s restaurant while on a trip in St. Barths.

She described the fritters as having “the perfect exterior crunch enveloping a moist cloud of salted cod with just the slightest back kick from the scotch bonnet pepper.”

How to make the salt cod fritters Meghan loves

Salt cod fritters
Salt cod fritters | Dina Rudick/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

The Duchess of Sussex’s favorite recipe for the salt cod fritters is from chef and TV personality Andrew Zimmern and posted on Food and Wine.

To cook them at home you’ll need these ingredients:

Makes approximately 32 fritters

  • 1 pound dried salt cod, rinsed in several changes of cool water and soaked overnight
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons ice water
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 1 small red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 small Scotch bonnet chile, seeded and minced
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped thyme
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Then follow Zimmern’s step-by-step instructions:

  1. Rinse the cod and pat dry. Using your hands, shred it into small pieces and chop it very finely.
  2.  In a large bowl, whisk the flour with the baking powder.
  3. Add the eggs and ice water and whisk just until combined.
  4. Fold in the chopped cod along with the onion, garlic, bell pepper, chile, thyme, and black pepper.
  5. In a large, deep skillet, heat 1 inch of vegetable oil to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  6. Working in batches, scoop tablespoon-size mounds of batter into the hot oil and fry, turning once, until the fritters are deeply golden all over, about 1 1/2 minutes.
  7.  Drain on paper towels.
  8. Transfer to a platter and serve hot.

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