Sardine Meatballs

This sardine meatball tajine is a popular Moroccan dish and also a forerunner to the famous sardine meatball sandwiches, which appear on several food excursions, regularly.
The dish is so popular that ground sardine “kefta” is now sold at the fish market, which can save a busy cook some time in the kitchen.
Sardine meatballs is a meal that is very high in omega-3s, this is a healthier alternative to regular meatballs!
Sardine Meatballs

What Are Sardines?

Sardines (also known as pilchards) are nutrient-dense, small oily fish that is commonly consumed by humans and used as forage fish by larger fish, seabirds, and marine mammals.
They were historically common around the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, and the term sardine was first used in English in the early 15th century.
Sardines are fished commercially for a number of purposes, including bait, immediate consumption, canning, drying, salting, smoking, and reduction into fish meal or fish oil.
They are mostly consumed by humans, while fish meal is used as animal feed, and sardine oil is used in the production of paint, varnish, and linoleum.
Are Sardines Meatballs Good For You?

Since sardine meatballs are made from sardine, it is important to know the health benefits of its sauce “the sardine”.

Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in sardines. Sardines are frequently served in cans, but they can also be eaten fresh, grilled, pickled, or smoked.

Sardines are also a good source of calcium since they are eaten whole, with each serving supplying roughly a third of the amount needed by the average person.

Vitamin D is also important in this process because it helps your body absorb calcium. Vitamin D content in sardines is significantly higher than calcium content.

Sardine Meatballs

How To Make Sardine Meatballs

While you prepare to make your Sardine Meatballs, note that one favorite way to enjoy fresh sardines, which are inexpensive and plentiful in Morocco, is to make Moroccan Sardine Balls in Tomato Sauce.

Moroccan fish balls are almost identical to meatballs made of beef, lamb, or chicken in terms of seasoning. Minced sardines or whiting are traditionally combined with salt, pepper, paprika, and cumin, as well as chopped cilantro and parsley.

Sardine Meatballs

Sardine Meatballs

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 1 4 ounce cannned sardines. drained
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsps dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp ground paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 1/4 onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 14.5 ounce canned diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbsps ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin


  • Place sardines in a food processor; puree until smooth.
  • Add eggs, bread crumbs, paprika, turmeric, ginger, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and black pepper.
  • Pause briefly until well-combined.
  • Shape mixture into small balls.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add onion and garlic; cook and stir until fragrant, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in tomatoes, coriander, and cumin.
  • Reduce heat, cover, and simmer sauce until flavors combine, about 15 minutes.
  • Stir in meatballs and simmer until heated through, about 5 minutes.
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