Siam Sardine Spheres
A great go to quick lunch from a previous batch cook, sardines are packed full of omega-3, protein and calcium (from the small edible bones).
Makes 8 spheres
A tin of sardines (approx 45g) – I use sardines in spring water or oil (rather than brine due to keeping salt intake for little lady low)
1 crushed garlic clove
1 tbsp chopped coriander
½ cup of fine breadcrumbs
1 tbsp finely grated cheese
1 egg beaten
3 tbsp vegetable oil
1. Mix all ingredients except oil in a bowl – the sardines should break up into small chunks/flakes - I remove the bigger backbone. Form into small balls approx 3cm in diameter.
2. Put oil in frying pan at medium-high heat and fry balls turning regularly for around 4-5 mins to cook through, they will be a golden brown colour.
3. For grown-ups serve with a soy lime dip (half tbsp soy sauce and 1 tbsp lime).
A great batch cook, multiply up the recipe accordingly as you can freeze these by placing on baking paper in a tray in freezer, once frozen pop them into a freezer container, then defrost in fridge overnight and reheat in oven/or serve cold. It's does have some salt from sardines, breadcrumbs and cheese – but if you do the math each sphere contains 0.3g max.
Sardines are an inexpensive and sustainable fish, plus tinned sardines contain small edible bones: another sauce of calcium, and they are oily fish so rich in omega-3!