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Sicilian Cod Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
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!
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Ingredients

  • 400 gr /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

Instructions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Shape the mixture into tablespoon-sized balls and gently roll them over a little flour.
  • Heat a large pan with extra virgin olive oil over medium heat. Sizzle the meatballs for a few mins, until crispy and golden brown.
  • Remove the oil in excess and fold in previously made tomato sauce. Cook over low-med heat for a further 5 mins.
  • Scatter basil leaves over the top, a glug of olive oil and some extra freshly ground black pepper, and serve.
  • Enjoy on their own, with toasted bread or toss in with pasta.

Notes

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.