Jamaican Codfish Fritters

8 ounces cod fillets
2 medium onions, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil
Vegetable oil
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup milk
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper

Heat fish and just enough water to cover to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer until fish flakes easily with fork, 5 to 7 minutes; drain. Cool and flake. Cook and stir onions in 2 tablespoons oil until tender.

Heat 1 to 1 1/2 inches oil to 360 degrees F. Beat remaining ingredients with hand beater until smooth. Stir in fish and onions; drop by level tablespoonsful into hot oil. Fry 5 or 6 at a time until golden brown, turning once, about 4 minutes; drain. Serve with tartar sauce and lemon wedges.

Makes about 36 fritters.