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sardines fritters recipe

Love ’em or hate ’em but sardines are really good for you! Full of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, protein and minerals, this little fish is not as kind to the palate as salmon or snapper but with a few little disguises and additions it can hold its own in the culinary world.

Making sardines and potato fritters is a great way to get more sardines in your diet, especially as you will be getting the nutritional benefits of white potato, carrots and egg at the same time. Serve with a fresh, raw salad and you have a complete meal that’s as good for breakfast and lunch as it is for dinner.

Tinned Sardines & Potato Fritters
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Serves: 2
For the fritters
  • 1 medium white potato, peeled and grated
  • ½ medium carrot, peeled and grated
  • 120 grams tinned sardines (bones and all)
  • 2 tbsp diced green onion/scallions
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan or Pecorino cheese (omit if avoiding all dairy)
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • Ghee or coconut oil for cooking
For the sides
  • Green spinach or rocket
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Sliced gherkins
  • Mayonnaise to serve with (look for free-range mayo made with olive oil or sunflower oil, avoid soybean and canola oil as much as possible and best make your own using macadamia oil or light olive oil)
  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mash together with a fork. Heat frying pan over high heat and melt a dollop of ghee or coconut oil. Bring the heat down to medium. Scoop ⅓ cup of the mixture and gently place in the frying pan, flatten with a spatula. Continue with the rest of the mixture. Cook over medium-low heat for five minutes on each side, until golden brown and crispy.

Calories per serving: 350
Carbohydrates per serving: 16g
Fat per serving: 20g
Protein per serving: 12g
Dietary fiber: 24g
 Rich in: Vitamin A, Vitamin B-12,Vitamin D, Calcium, Phosphorus, Selenium.

Irena Macri

By Irena Macri

Irena Macri is a recipe developer and food blogger, best known for her paleo inspired cookbook Eat Drink Paleo Cookbook. She is a passionate cook who draws on her love of world cuisines and all-natural ingredients to produce delicious recipes that promote wellness and longevity.


  1. Alice says

    Hi there,

    How would fresh sardines be used in this recipe?

    And can white rice and red lentils be used instead of the potatoes and carrots? How much?


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