Stuffed Fried Sardines
stuffed sardines

Stuffed Fried Sardines

Total time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4
stuffed sardines

🇪🇸 En español: Sardinas fritas rellenas

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Galicia in Spain celebrates the sardine season. The traditional Galician preparation is to simply grill the freshly caught sardines over hot coals.

Instead, fill the tender fish with a sweet-salty ham-and-raisin stuffing and fry them to make a crunchy starter.

stuffed sardines

Stuffed Fried Sardines

Fill the tender fish with a sweet-salty ham-and-raisin stuffing and fry them to make a crunchy starter.
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Course: Starter, Tapas
Cuisine: 🇪🇸 Spanish
Keyword: fish, Spanish
Difficulty: Average
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 190kcal
Author: Richard


  • 2 tbsp Raisins chopped
  • 1 ½ tbsp Fresh lemon juice
  • 1 spring onion large, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh flat-leaf parsley chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Fine dry breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup Serrano ham finely chopped
  • ½ tsp Ground fennel
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 16 Sardine butterflied, spines removed, heads and tails removed (optional)
  • Flour for dredging
  • 2 Eggs large
  • 1 tbsp Water
  • Extra-virgin olive oil for frying


  • In a small bowl, mix the raisins with the lemon juice, scallion, parsley, bread crumbs, chopped ham and ground fennel. Season with salt and pepper. Open a sardine and place a rounded teaspoon of the filling on one side of the fish. Close the sardine, pressing the halves together firmly. Repeat with the remaining sardines and filling.
  • Spread flour in a shallow bowl. Place the eggs in another shallow bowl and beat the water into the eggs. Dredge the sardines in the flour, then dip them into the egg mixture to thoroughly coat, letting the excess drip off. Dredge the sardines again in the flour and shake off any excess.
  • In a large skillet, heat 1/4 inch of olive oil until shimmering. Add half of the sardines and fry over moderately high heat until golden brown and crisp, about 2 minutes per side. Drain the sardines briefly on paper towels and transfer to plates. Repeat with the remaining sardines.


Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g

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