Swivels of spatula (Sicilian recipe)

Swivels of spatula: Fast and delicious Sicilian recipe

Today's recipe is Sicilian and it's yummy: are the spatula svolers, otherwise also known as flag fish or saber fish because of its elongated shape and silvery color. The spatula is a blue fish too often forgotten and undervalued. Big mistake: yummy food, cheap, It has a white flesh firm and flavorful, very versatile in the kitchen.

The spatula, queen of the temperate seas

The spatula (Lepidopus Caudatus) is a fish that lives in the Mediterranean Sea, in the Ionian Sea and the Gulf of Naples and therefore between Campania, Calabria and Sicily. Is’ a bright silver ribbon-like fish between 50 and 150 centimeters in size. It has firm meats, white, with pinkish shades and its seasonality runs from June to September. Is’ a very lean and protein-rich fish: 100 grams of spatula bring just 98 calories. So composed: water 78,94 grams, protein 16,16 grams and fat 2,4 grams, most of them Omega 3. It has few thorns, concentrated mainly in a large central line.

This fish fillets are fabulous grilled liver & onions, even better at FRIED IN CUTLETS, but also ideal for TORTIERE GRATINATE or Rolls. With the spatula, you can even prepare Parmigiana.

In addition, as with pig, Tip do not throw anything away: with the bones and the head you make a FISH SAUCE to season the noodles, freshly stained tomato, which is delicate and flavorful together. Just add garlic, parsley and tomatoes and toss the pasta.

Spatula spatula spatula s girelles are a quick and impressive Sicilian recipe, perfect if you want to make a good impression on the cheap and doing very little effort. The effort will touch the fishmonger, because the only ' neo’ the spatula is the difficulty in filleting: better to leave it to a professional. In Sicily, seeing fishmongers filleting this silver ribbon-like fish with speed and mastery is a sight. Honestly, out of my beautiful island, I also found and bought the spatula in Rome, Milano, Cagliari, but no one was able to fill it out properly. And so I learned to do it myself. Have a good day.

Swivels of spatula: Fast and delicious Sicilian recipe



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  • 8 pieces already slipped off by 20 centimeters each of banner fish
  • 200 grams of dry bread crumbs
  • 60 grams of pecorino Dop or grated Sicilian cheese
  • 3 blueberry
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • extra virgin olive oil, to taste
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • chopped parsley, to taste
  • a handful of capers


Swivels of spatula: Fast and delicious Sicilian recipeWash and dry the fish flag and roll out each piece on a silver platter with the skin facing up. Preheat the oven at 200 degrees.

In a bowl mix the breadcrumbs, pecorino, garlic, parsley and finely chopped capers. And still, peeled and diced tomatoes. Leave the vegetation water of the tomato that will serve to moisten the dough avoiding putting too much oil. Season with salt and pepper.

Add extra virgin olive oil to the mixture as needed to obtain a soft but grainy mixture. Amalgamare. Arrange the stuffing for the entire length of each spatula fillet and roll the fish on itself, stopping the roll with one or two toothpicks.

Review each swivel in the left-of-the-room bread mixture, well join him on all sides, especially on top to secure the fish being cooked a golden good looks. Put swivels, season with a little oil, on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and bake for 10-15 minutes, based on the size of the swivels, until they are colored. Serve immediately. Bon appétit!

THE PAIRING: recommend a Alcamo Doc white: its distinctive features (savory, slightly fruity, mineral and dry) accompany this plate of oily fish, including its outline of capers and tomatoes.

Swivels of spatula (Sicilian recipe)
Swivels of spatula (Sicilian recipe)

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Simona January 4, 2013 at 15:53

Looks yummy! But swivels can do even with some other kind of fish?

fratelli_ai_fornelli January 4, 2013 at 16:10

Hello Simona, thank you for your 🙂
The fish flag lends itself well to realize swivels, because of its shape (the threads are very long and not too thick) and its resistance (rolling it doesn't undo). But you can do similar things even with fairly thin slices of swordfish (and the rolls of ' sword’ publish them wholeheartedly).


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