Great Tastes of Manitoba

Salt Cod & White Bean Brandade

1 hour 45 minutes
Prep: 15 minutes | Cook: 1 hour 30 minutes | Servings: 6-10


  • 454 g (1lb) salt cod
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 1 pod star anise
  • 1 litre (1000ml) milk 2%
  • 1 cup dried white beans (can use 2.5 cups canned white beans)
  • 4 cups (1 litre) water
  • 1 medium Peak of the Market onion diced
  • 2 tbsp (30ml) butter
  • 5 cloves garlic chopped
  • 375 ml heavy cream
  • ½ cup (125g) parsley, chopped
  • 3 tbls (45ml) canola oil
  • Salt & pepper, to taste


  1. Soak dried white beans in cold water overnight and in separate container soak cod in cold water overnight.
  2. Sweat onion and garlic in the butter and add the hydrated white beans. Cover with the water and cook for approximately 1 hour or until beans are completely cooked and soft. Add the cream and cook an additional 10-15 minutes (season and set aside but keep warm).
  3. Remove cod from water, rinse and poach in the milk with the star anise and thyme. Once cooked approximately 8 minutes strain and incorporate into the warm bean mixture by flaking all the cod and stirring vigorously.
  4. Finish with the canola oil and parsley, adjust seasoning and enjoy with some nice crunchy toasted baguette rounds. Alternatively, refrigerate overnight and shape into fish cakes, bread and fry.

Pairs well with Mare Magnum Crudo Rose Organic Puglila IGT

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