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Black Eye Pea Fritters With Sauce - {Acaraje Con Molho}


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  • 1/4 cup dried shrimp
  • Oil for frying
  • 2 cups cooked black-eyed peas
  • 1 Spanish onion chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • Dende oil to taste
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon chopped red jalapeño
  • 3 tablespoons dende oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • Salt to taste


Servings 4


Step 1

Soak dried shrimp in water for 30 minutes.

Preheat 3 inches of oil in a deep saucepan to 375 degrees.

Rub the skins off the black-eyed peas. Drain the shrimp and place in food processor with the onion, peas, garlic, and cilantro. Drizzle in dende oil, to taste. Using a teaspoon, carefully drop the pea mixture into the oil, frying them until golden brown. Serve with the Molho de Caraje.

Molho de Caraje: Put the first 4 ingredients in a food processor and puree lightly.

In a hot saute pan, cook this mixture for 3 minutes. Deglaze with lime juice, add parsley and season with salt, to taste.

This recipe yields 4 servings.

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