Here we are with the second appointment with our Sicilian Taste column! If you missed the first recipe, make sure to read the recipe of the Spaghetti alla Siracusana now.

What is muccu?

Muccu is the newborn of bluefish and it’s used in Sicily to make delicious meatballs. These minnows are mainly found in spring when the eggs hatch.

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Serving: 4
Difficulty: **


  • 500 gr Muccu
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tablespoon breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon semolina flour
  • 50 gr grated Pecorino cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove AglioSalt to taste
  • Pepper as needed
  • Peanut oil
  • 200 gr. rucola
  • Lemon slices
  • Small chilli peppers


Before proceeding, check if among the small fishes there is something to remove, such as algae or other, then put the babies in a bowl and add the eggs, flour and finely chopped parsley. Mix well being careful not to break the fish.

Prepare a pan, preferably non-stick, and fry, in a little oil, and little by little the fish. Using a spoon, form fritters directly into the pan. Turn them over so that they brown on both sides and put them to drain on absorbent kitchen paper. Serve hot.

You can add salt and pepper when the pancakes are on your plate. If you wish, you can also put a few drops of lemon.

And you? What have you had in Sicily that you would like to try to make at home? Let us know in the comments below and we will share with you the traditional recipe!a

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