Sardine Kuftas in Tahina Sauce

Kuftit Sardina

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Appears in

The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey

The Gaza Kitchen

By Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt

Published 2021

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These kufta are light and delicious and make an irresistible appetizer by themselves, or a complete meal bathed in tahina sauce and served with rice. If fresh sardines are not available where you live, substitute mackerel or herring. For a milder taste, any firm white fish fillets will do.


For the kufta

  • 1 pound (approximately 500 grams) fresh sardine filets or 2 pounds (


First, clean each fish very carefully: Remove the guts and slice the fish so that it lies open on its back. Carefully remove the head by cracking it backward. Pull it back and remove the spine and the tail along with it. This will take care of the major bones. The smaller ones can be left in. Wash well in a bath of cold water, a little flour, lemon juice, and salt. Rinse well and set aside in a