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All Recipes, Tapas / June 12, 2024

Got Canned Sardines? Make these Spanish-Style Sardine Fritters

These Spanish-Style Sardine Fritters, known as Tortitas de Sardinas, are filled with flavors, super easy to make and all done in just 30 minutes. Serve them as a tapas appetizer or even as a main course. They work great next to some roasted potatoes and a garden salad.

Spanish-Style Sardine Fritters
To make this recipe, I used canned small sardines in olive oil. Regular-sized canned sardines can also be used. Either way, in this recipe, you won’t be using the olive oil from the canned sardines. But by all means, do not toss it. You can use it as a salad dressing or even to make some scrambled eggs.

Spanish-Style Sardine Fritters
I served these sardine fritters next to a very simple mayo aioli. Made with just garlic, saffron, mayonniase, lemon juice and olive oil. You can spice it up and add in some hot smoked paprika or a dash of chili powder if you like.

Spanish-Style Sardine Fritters

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: If you see your batter is too thick, just add in more liquid, and vice versa, if it’s too thin, add in more flour. Make sure to fry the fritters on medium heat and nothing higher. Otherwise, they will brown too quickly and not fully cook on the inside.

Spanish-Style Sardine Fritters

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Watch the Video Below on How to Make Spanish-Style Sardine Fritters

Spanish-Style Sardine Fritters | Tortitas de Sardinas

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 368 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork



  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour 60 grams
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup sparkling water 120 ml
  • 1 shallot finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley 8 grams
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 can small sardines in olive oil 4 oz / 120 grams
  • sea salt & black pepper


  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 tsp saffron threads .17 grams
  • 1/2 cup low fat mayonnaise 120 grams
  • 1 tsp lemon juice 5 ml
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 15 ml
  • sea salt & black pepper


  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (to fry the fritters) 60 ml
  • fresh parsley (for garnish)


  1. Add the flour into a large bowl and make a well in the middle, crack in the egg and whisk it, then add in the sparkling water and whisk everything together until you get a smooth batter, then add in the shallot, garlic, parsley and season with sea salt & black pepper, then finely grate in the zest of half a lemon and mix everything together until well mixed

  2. Drain the can of sardines into a fine sieve with a bowl underneath, then gently break the sardines apart, add them into the bowl with the batter and mix together until well mixed

  3. Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in the olive oil

  4. After a couple of minutes start adding in spoonfuls of the batter, all in a single layer and evenly spaced out, cook in batches, fry the fritters for 3 minutes per side or until golden fried, then transfer into a dish with paper towels

  5. Once all the fritters have been fried up, make the aioli, add the garlic into a mortar, along with the saffron and a pinch of sea salt, using a pestle pound down until you get a paste-like texture, then add in the mayonnaise, lemon juice, olive oil and season with a kiss of sea salt & black pepper, whisk together until you get a creamy sauce

  6. Transfer the aioli into a serving dish and decorate the fritters around it, garnish with fresh parsley, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Spanish-Style Sardine Fritters | Tortitas de Sardinas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 368 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Trans Fat 0.02g
Polyunsaturated Fat 7g
Monounsaturated Fat 15g
Cholesterol 91mg30%
Sodium 346mg15%
Potassium 239mg7%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 293IU6%
Vitamin C 19mg23%
Calcium 139mg14%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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