Fish Balls in Tomato Sauce

Nuvita Biscuits

A spicy tomato sauce injects bright flavor into these fish balls, a North African Jewish delicacy.


  • 1 lb. ground cod or haddock
  • ½ cup matzo meal or breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup finely chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • ½ tsp. ground coriander
  • ¼ tsp. ground ginger
  • 5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp. canola oil
  • 3 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 2 cups fish or vegetable stock
  • 1 cup whole, peeled canned tomatoes with juice, crushed
  • 1 tsp. sugar, plus more to taste
  • ½ tsp. cayenne
  • ¼ tsp. crushed red chile flakes
  • ¼ tsp. ground allspice


Stir together fish, matzo meal, 3 tbsp. parsley, cumin, coriander, ginger, 2 cloves garlic, egg white, and salt and pepper in a bowl. Form into thirty-two ½-oz. balls; chill.

Heat oil in a 4-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat. Add remaining garlic; cook until fragrant, about 45 seconds. Add tomato paste; cook, stirring, until caramelized, about 3 minutes. Add stock, tomatoes, sugar, cayenne, chile flakes, allspice, salt, and pepper; bring to a boil. Add fish balls, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook until balls are cooked through, about 20 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining parsley.

Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Seth on Feb 5, 2013

    Im hungry lmao. Help?

  2. posted by Bryan J on Mar 17, 2013

    Could you explain how it differs

  3. posted by Brendan O on Mar 18, 2013

    I made a curry which included the following: cumin seeds, crushed chillies, whole cardamon, ground cumin, ground coriander, ground turmeric, salt, pepper, chopped onion, 4 garlic cloves garam masala and one bay leaf. Can anyone honestly say they could taste the difference if that poor, lonely bay leaf was ommitted?
    It’s my own recipe but they’re mostly much the same. Just add copped chicken breasts 8oz tin tomatos and half a carton of double cream. Keep adjusting the ingredients until it’s to your taste. Add the garam masala after it’s off the heat, serve with rice.

  4. posted by Roflcopter on Mar 22, 2013

    Meals for things like Christmas, Easter, weddings etc.
    I don’t want recipes, just the names of the meals and the history of them…
    Please and thankyou’s.

  5. posted by kiltakblog on Mar 24, 2013

    My fiance is in the Marines, I’m not a huge chef but I can follow a recipe. I want to make something special for when he gets in tonight.

    Okay, something tasty but simple. Any ideas? Especially in the seafood department.

  6. posted by x_blind_x_gamer_x on Mar 28, 2013

    I’ve only ever had california rolls, but apparently they aren’t real sushi. I really want to try the real thing, but I don’t want to just walk into a sushi place and say “what sushi is the least gross?” I don’t want to look like i’m ordering for the first time. I want to try something good. Please let me know your opinion.

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