Spicy lamb meatballs in sherry sauce recipe

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These spicy lamb meatballs in sherry sauce are so easy and delicious too. Triple tested in the Woman's Weekly kitchen, they're the perfect tapas

Spicy lamb meatballs in sherry sauce
  • healthy
Preparation Time15 mins
Cooking Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Five A DayOne
Cost RangeMid
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories344 Kcal17%
Sugar3.9 g4%
Fat19.9 g28%
Saturated Fat5.7 g29%
Salt0.55 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein27.5 g55%
Carbohydrates8.6 g3%
Salt0.55 gRow 7 - Cell 2

Spiced with freshly ground cumin and coriander, sweetened with Spanish sherry, these meatballs make a delicious healthy dinner.

Meatballs always make a satisfying dinner and these spicy lamb meatballs in sherry sauce are no exception. They're easy to make and ready in just 40 minutes. Just like beef mince, you can get reduced fat lamb mince, which will keep the calories down in this dish. Lamb is a great meat for people following a healthy diet, which is why this is one of our low calorie meals. As well as being a high-quality protein source, it's rich in minerals such as iron and zinc, and vitamin B12. These are all vital for promoting healthy, lean muscle. Serve with rice, pasta, or pitta bread.


For the meatballs:

  • 1 rounded teaspoon each cumin and coriander seeds
  • Good pinch of dried chilli flakes
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 30g breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 500g lamb mince
  • 100g pack thin slices of Serrano ham, diced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

For the sauce:

  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • Good pinch of dried chilli flakes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 150ml fino sherry
  • 150ml chicken or veg stock
  • 1 bay leaf




  1. To make the sauce: Fry the onion, garlic and chilli flakes in the oil for 8-10 minutes, until softened. Add the tomatoes, sherry, stock, bay leaf and seasoning. Simmer gently for 30 mins, until thickened.
  2. To make the meatballs: Grind the spices, crush and add the garlic, then tip into a large bowl. Mix in plenty of seasoning and the crumbs, parsley, mince and ham. Shape into 30 balls (about 20g each).
  3. Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Add the meatballs and cook for 4-5 mins, until browned. Drain on kitchen paper, then add them to the sauce and simmer for 10 mins, until cooked through. Serve in small bowls, garnished with parsley.

Top tips for making spicy lamb meatballs in sherry sauce

You will get a better flavour from the cumin and coriander by freshly grinding them yourself rather than using the pre-ground spice jars. If you have time, dry fry the whole seeds for a minute or two in a hot pan to release the aromas, before you grind them.

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Octavia Lillywhite
Food and Lifestyle Writer

Octavia Lillywhite is an award-winning food and lifestyle journalist with over 15 years of experience. With a passion for creating beautiful, tasty family meals that don’t use hundreds of ingredients or anything you have to source from obscure websites, she’s a champion of local and seasonal foods, using up leftovers and composting, which, she maintains, is probably the most important thing we all can do to protect the environment.