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Sarde a Beccafico, Sicilian Stuffed Sardines Authentic Recipe

Experience the authentic taste of Sicily with our traditional Sarde alla Beccafico recipe. Dive into a world where simple ingredients create culinary magic, perfect for any meal or gathering. Discover the secrets of the Sicilian cuisine...
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Sarde a Beccafico, Sicilian Stuffed Sardines Authentic Recipe
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Prep 20 minutes
  • Cook 20 minutes
  • Servings 4 people

Embark on a culinary journey to the heart of Sicily with Sarde alla Beccafico, a quintessential dish that encapsulates the rich cultural tapestry of this stunning region. Known for transforming modest ingredients into a feast for the senses, this traditional blue fish dish marries the bounties of land and sea, offering an irresistible medley of flavors that has been cherished through generations.

What makes Sarde alla Beccafico a masterpiece on the Sicilian menu is its harmonious balance of simple, locally-sourced ingredients. This dish is a celebration of sardines, elevated with a savory stuffing that pays homage to the island’s culinary heritage.

Sarde alla Beccafico is not just a meal; it’s an experience. Perfect for family dinners, yet equally at home in sophisticated gatherings as an appetizer or finger food, these sardine rolls are best served cold, allowing the intricate layers of flavor to shine through. Each bite promises a taste of the Sicilian seashore, guaranteeing a memorable dining experience.

For enthusiasts of sardine-based delicacies, venture further with Pasta con le Sarde, a dish echoing the rich flavors of our featured recipe. Additionally, immerse yourself in the diversity of Sicilian cuisine with classics like Pasta alla Norma, Stuffed Artichokes, iconic Cannoli, and a vegetarian delight, Melanzane alla Beccafico.

Now, with the freshest catch in hand and aprons tied, we invite you to join us in creating a truly Sicilian culinary adventure. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a new explorer in the world of cooking, preparing a fragrant, traditional dish of Sarde alla Beccafico promises an exciting journey for your senses.


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  1. To prepare Sicilian Stuffed Sardines first clean the sardines: remove the head and innards and debone them gently making sure not to split them in half, then rinse them to remove any residue.

  2. Now prepare the filling: in a large frying pan, prepare a sauté with the onion, then add the pine nuts and the soaked and well squeezed raisins, lastly add the grated penis and adjust the salt and pepper. Toast the filling until the bread has turned a nice golden color, then transfer it to a bowl.

  3. Partly squeeze the lemons and strain the juice, add the sugar and let it dissolve completely. Add the mixture to the filling and mix until soft but not too moist. Spread a small portion of the filling inside each sardine and wrap it around itself like a roulade starting from the widest side. Then arrange the sardines all’inside a baking dish, alternating them with bay leaves.

  4. Sprinkle with a drizzle of oil and bake at 360°F (180°C )for about 15-20 minutes. Once ready, take your Sarde a Beccafico out of the oven and let them cool before serving!

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You can prepare Sarde alla Beccafico by adding chopped herbs to the inside of the filling by choosing from parsley, fresh basil or wild fennel. If you wish, you can intensify the citrus note of the recipe by also adding grated lemon zest to the filling.


The Sarde a Beccafico are excellent warm, but they are at their best when cold, allowing you to best appreciate every nuance of flavor. If you wish, you can leave the back fin of the sardines so that once the roulade is closed this can be seen, thus recalling the image of the beccafico, the bird from which they are named.


Sarde alla Beccafico can be stored in the refrigerator, inside an airtight container, for about 2 days.