Spinach Stuffed Sardines

La Cocina de Babel

Get your daily serving of greens as well as omega-3 fatty acids with this yummy seafood dish. Sardine fillets are stuffed with a delicious and savory spinach filling and baked until ready. The spinach filling incorporates many different ingredients including bread crumbs, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, and parmesan for a savory melty filling. Stuffed with this tasty mixture, the sardines are then drizzled with oil, pine nuts, and a little parmesan before being put into the oven. Bake time is 15 minutes.


  • 800 grams sardines (filleted, head and bones removed)
  • 300 grams spinach (washed and drained)
  • 4 sun-dried tomatoes in oil (chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 1 slice white sandwich bread (crumbled)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder (dried, optional)
  • 60 grams grated parmesan
  • 1 egg
  • pine nuts (for garnish)
  • olive oil
  • black pepper
  • salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 200C.
  2. Grease a baking tray with oil
  3. Heat a drizzle of oil in a deep frying pan and toss the spinach until soft.
  4. Stir in a little salt and leave to drain in a colander.
  5. Chop the spinach and place in a bowl with the tomatoes, garlic, bread, chili powder, 50 grams parmesan, and the egg.
  6. Mix all the ingredients together thoroughly.
  7. Add ground black pepper and salt to taste.
  8. Fill the sardines with the mixture and place on a baking tray.
  9. Sprinkle with the remaining parmesan and pine nuts.
  10. Drizzle with a little olive oil.
  11. Bake for 15 minutes or until the flesh turns pale, and the aroma fills the kitchen.
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