Sardine Croquettes

IMG_3198I’ve decided no Sweet’s for Fiesta Friday but instead, a simple recipe with fresh sardines! A Sardines are beautiful little fish, inexpensive and delicious grilled, marinated or like today as spicy croquettes. Thank you Angie from The Novice Gardener  and thanks to Caroline @Caroline’s Cooking and Elaine @foodbod for co-hosting this week Fiesta Friday !

Serves: 12 pieces


  • 1 kg of fresh sardines
  • A pinch of salt
  • A pinch of black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of red sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of harissa paste or 2 red chilli peppers
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 1 small bouquet of fresh coriander (this one is from my garden)
  • 1 lemon
  • Oil for frying

PicMonkey Collage Procedure:

  1. Wash the sardines.
  2. Rub the sardines to remove the scales.
  3. Cut off the head.
  4. Cut along the belly to remove the organs.
  5. Rinse the sardines and put them into a colander (the technique is simple and fast).
  6. In a food processor add the sardines, the salt, the black pepper, the garlic, the paste harissa, the red sweet paprika and the coriander.
  7. Mix all the ingredients together, do not mix a long time just to assemble the ingredients (as seen in the picture).
  8. In a large pan add a little of the oil on a medium heat.
  9. Take a little of the sardines dough and make small croquettes.
  10. When the oil is hot add the croquettes and fry them.
  11. When they are gold, transfer them to a colander.
  12. Serve hot and drizzle with lemon juice.

The croquettes are tender, spicy and flavorful. You can add aïoli on the side for a delicious sauce (you can find my aioli recipe here). Bon Appétit.

33 thoughts on “Sardine Croquettes

    • lapetitepaniere

      Thank you very much,skd 🙂 In this recipe the dough is not mixed very much as a purée, (you can see it in the picture). The texture is malleable but If you have trouble to make croquettes you can just rub your hands with flour 😉

  1. Darya

    Cette recette a l’air incroyablement simple et délicieuse Linda. Je n’achète que rarement des sardines, mais là, ça donne vraiment envie, avec toutes ces saveurs et épices. Je vais marquer la page et je verrai s’il y a de bonnes sardines au marché samedi prochain.

    • lapetitepaniere

      J’ai un petit poil dans la main, j’aime les recettes simples Darya 🙂 Si tu as la chance de trouver des petites sardines pêchées en Mediterranée ça serait encore mieux. Dans la famille on mange les sardines grillées avec leurs arêtes, un régal. Bonne journée!

    • lapetitepaniere

      Thank you Elaine 🙂 I’m glad to hear that your mother love sardines. They are so simple and easy to prepare. I love to squeeze a lot of lemon on the top, yummy. Thank you for co-hosting this week FF xx

  2. Nancy

    I’ve had something like this with shrimp before and loved it! I imagine the fresh sardines are a lovely addition. The aoili dipping sauce sounds like a nice addition! Thanks for sharing your recipe, Linda. 🙂

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