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Beccafico sardines in an air fryer

beccafico sardines in air fryer

The beccafico sardines in the air fryer are a reinterpretation of the classic recipe of Sicilian cuisine, a real triumph of flavours.

Beccafico sardines are a typical dish of Sicilian cuisine where the sweet taste of the filling creates a perfect combination with the tasty meat of the sardines. Traditionally prepared in the oven, today we reveal how to prepare beccafico sardines in an air fryer. The procedure is very similar to the original recipe except that they will then be cooked in this appliance that is so popular in recent times.

The result is tasty stuffed sardines , with a rich and slightly stringy filling thanks to the presence of caciocavallo. Serve them as an appetizer or as a second course in your fish menus and you will make everyone agree.

beccafico sardines in air fryer
beccafico sardines in air fryer

How to prepare the recipe for beccafico sardines in an air fryer

  1. Start by preparing the filling . In a bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, raisins, pine nuts, parsley and garlic chopped with a knife, grated pecorino cheese, diced caciocavallo cheese and grated orange and lemon zest. Season with extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. Mix all the ingredients well until you get a homogeneous mixture .
  2. Prepare the sardines by carefully opening them like a book , leaving one part attached, so as to form a sort of "butterfly". Gently remove the central bone and head, but leave the tail.
  3. Rinse them under running water and then dry them with kitchen paper.
  4. Fill the sardines with the prepared filling and close them. You can roll them up, placing a bay leaf once, a lemon slice and an orange slice between one roll and another, or simply close them like a book, pressing them lightly.
  5. Spray them with a few puffs of oil and cook them at 180°C for about 20-25 minutes or until they are well cooked and lightly browned on the surface.
  6. Serve the beccafico sardines hot, perhaps garnished with a few leaves of fresh parsley and a squeeze of lemon juice.

Also take a look at the sea bream grilled in an air fryer , perfect for making an entire fish menu with this ingredient.


Air fryer beccafico sardines keep for a couple of days in the refrigerator . We advise you to heat them in a pan or in the oven before enjoying them.

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