Sicilian Cod Meatballs in Tomato Sauce
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Sicilian Cod Meatballs make a delicious heathy family meal and are so easy to put together in just 30 min - Toss them with delicious homemade italian tomato sauce for authentic Mediterranean flavors delivered straight in your mouth!
Recipe type: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4
  • 400gr /10oz fresh cod fillets, steamed
  • 4 tbsp panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 free-range egg whites, lightly beaten
  • handful of fresh basil and oregano leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tbsp flour ( rice, wholemeal or plain), for coating
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups homemade tomato sauce
  1. In a large bow fold in the fish together with panko, basil and oregano, salt and pepper. Mix with your hands until roughly combined. Add a squeeze of lemon juice and grate over a good bit of zest.
  2. Taste the mixture and add more panko or a litte oil if too wet or too dry. Finally fold in egg whites and mix until combined through.
  3. Shape the mixture into tablespoon-sized balls and gently roll them over a little flour.
  4. Heat a large pan with extra virgin olive oil over medium heat. Sizzle the meatballs for a few mins, until crispy and golden brown.
  5. Remove the oil in excess and fold in previously made tomato sauce. Cook over low-med heat for a further 5 mins.
  6. Scatter basil leaves over the top, a glug of olive oil and some extra freshly ground black pepper, and serve.
  7. Enjoy on their own, with toasted bread or toss in with pasta.
To make this recipe 100% gluten-free make sure you use a suitable panko breadcrumbs brand, or make your own breadcrumbs with gluten-free bread.
Recipe by The Petite Cook at