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Calabrian sardella: what it is and how to prepare the typical spicy sauce

Calabrian sardine

Typical Calabrian product and in particular from the province of Crotone and the Upper and Lower Ionian Cosentino area: this is how to prepare the Calabrian sardella.

The Calabrian sardella is a typical product of Calabria: a spicy fish-based sauce known as the caviar of the poor, rosamarina or Calabrian caviar. This spicy sauce can be considered as the seafood variant of 'nduja, another typical Calabrian product. The Calabrian spicy sauce prepared following this recipe can be consumed within a few days; for longer conservation I recommend boiling the glass jar wrapped in a cloth for ten minutes in a pot of water.

Calabrian sardine
Calabrian sardine

Preparation of the Calabrian sardine

  1. To prepare the Calabrian sardine, start by washing the fish well under cold running water then drain it in a colander.
  2. On the side, mix the two variants of chilli pepper with the chopped fennel then put some on the bottom of a bowl with a little salt.
  3. Cover with a layer of fish, then make another layer of salt and pepper.
  4. Continue in this way until you finish the ingredients at your disposal.
  5. Cover with a weight and leave to macerate for two days.
  6. After the rest time, mix all the ingredients well.
  7. Transfer the mixture thus obtained into a clean glass jar and cover with the olive oil.

Alternatively, I suggest you try the recipe for Calabrian lampascioni in oil .


This spicy sauce, fish sardine, can be kept for a few days in the refrigerator, inside a special container with a lidded container. We do not recommend freezing in the freezer.

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