Ecuadorian Fanesca

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Fanesca is a typical Ecuadorian recipe for Easter. It is a dish that is usually prepared once a year and that requires work due to the cooking times of the ingredients that must be separately, but it is a delight that is prepared as a family and for which each grandmother has her tricks. It is prepared with different ingredients (such as cod, vegetables, peas, beans, etc.) that give it that exquisite flavor. Fanesca is a meal that fosters a sense of community and we can find as many variations and different preparations of this dish as there are families. We propose you this cod recipe, which you must previously soak for about a day. Let's do it!

Ingredients Preparation Share




For decorate

  • 6 Several sliced of hard/boiled egg
  • 2 unit of Frozen Ripe Banana
  • 1 Several sliced of hard/ boiled egg
  • 6 tablespoon coriander
  • 1 cebolla picada finamente


  1. Soak the dried cod for 24 hours (or for 48 hours if you want it with less cod flavor), change it´s water every 6 to 8 hours, the soaking water should be less and less salty. After soaking, cut the cod into medium pieces.
  2. COok the squash in small pieces until soft and set it aside. 
  3. Boil some water with the chopped cabbage for about 3 minutes. Set aside. 
  4. In a blender, purée the cooked pumpkin, cooked rice and cabbage. You can add a little of the water where the squash was cooked. 
  5. Boil 6 cups of milk with the pieces of dried cod, boil at low temperature for 8 to 10 minutes. 
  6. Blend the peanut paste with 2 cups of milk and save it for later. 
  7. Melt the butter in a large soup pot and add the chopped onion, garlic, annatto, cumin, oregano and pepper to prepare a stir-fry, cook until the onions are tender, about 5 minutes. 
  8. Add the pumpkin puree, mix well. Add 2 to 4 cups of milk and mix again. 
  9. Add the cooked peeled beans, corn, red and white beans, and any other additional ingredients of your choice such as: lentils, chickpeas, mellocos (ollucos) previously cooked and chopped). 
  10. Mix well and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent ingredients from burning or sticking to the pot. 
  11. Add the milk where the cod was cooked, and a little of the shredded cod, leaving a little of this for decoration. Try the soup and add a little salt if desired. 
  12. Add the liquefied peanut mixture with milk to the soup and cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. 
  13. Before finishing you can add the cream, the chochos and the cheese so that it dissolves. 
  14. Serve the fanesca with the fried cod pieces, the boiled egg slices, fried ripe bananas Goya, latin cheese Goya and lettuce. If you wish, you can add the rest of the ingredients such as the ají strips or a ají criollo, pickled white onions, avocado, parsley or chopped coriander and the empanadas or dumplings that you may have prepared according to your taste. 

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