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Sardine Fritters

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Fish can be an incredibly tricky food to incorporate into a frugal diet. Aside from mackerel – which is becoming more expensive – and other lesser known fish, most well-sourced fish is uncomfortably pricey. There are usually ways around expense, however, and using tinned fish is a good example of that. With three tins of sardines (£1.50) you can make up to 20 of these Sardine Fritters, which make a delicious and time effective meal.

Though not religious, my grandparents have always been ‘fish on a Friday’ sort of people. While this traditional approach doesn’t necessarily resonate with me, the idea of consuming fish once a week is certainly attractive. I won’t bore you with the details here, but seafood is generally relatively rich in vitamins and minerals. In particular, oily fish like sardines or mackerel contain omega-3 fatty acids, which can improve your general health and wellbeing. Of course, fish is also fairly delicious so this recipe is something of a win-win situation.

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Sardine Fritters are a fantastic way to make use of tinned fish. Quick and flavoursome, these small fritters are crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and make a fantastic side-dish or main course. Indeed, they make a fantastic filling for wraps and are arguably even better on their own served alongside a wedge of lime and dipping-pot of aioli or mayonnaise.

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Thanks to my Facebook and Twitter followers for showing me just how versatile tinned sardines can be and to CHOW for providing further inspiration. I hope you enjoy these delicious fritters!

Sardine Fritters

Makes 18-20


• 3 tins of sardines in oil or brine (120g or 84g drained per tin)

• 2 eggs

• 2 tbsp fresh dill, finely chopped

• 3 tbsp fresh lime juice

• 2 tbsp sesame seeds

• ½ tsp chilli flakes

• 5 tbsp white breadcrumbs

• a twist of black pepper

• cheap oil for frying


1. Drain and transfer the sardines to a large mixing bowl. Break the fish up with a fork, beat in the eggs and tip in the remaining ingredients (not the oil).

2. Heat around an inch of flavourless oil – sunflower works well – in a wok or frying pan until hot enough (test this by frying some breadcrumbs). Fry the fritters in balls of roughly an inch in diameter until golden brown.

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Cost: As mentioned in the first paragraph, tins or sardines are incredibly cheap at a maximum of around 50p each. This means that you should be able to recreate this recipe for no more than about £2.30 – a wonderful price for a flavoursome and simple meal.

32 replies on “Sardine Fritters”

This looks like an amazing way to use up sardines! I’ve got a couple of tins of them lurking in the back of my cupboard (and have been for a couple of years now – thanks epic use by dates!) I am going to have to dust them off to try this recipe. They look delicious!

These looked so good when I saw your post today that I decided to make them for dinner – thanks for the inspiration, they were delicious! I’ve written a short blog post about them and your recipe..
I hope you like it!

Had these for our evening meal, served them with an oriental noodle and cucumber salad and sweet chilli dipping sauce. Plenty for 3 adults and a child. Everyone agreed they were delicious and cost less than £3 for the whole meal too!!

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