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Albanian Pan-Fried Meatballs (Qofte të Skuqura)

Yields10 ServingsPrep Time10 minsCook Time5 minsTotal Time15 mins

Albanian pan-fried meatball is a ball or patty made of ground meat of beef, lamb, chicken or pork mixed with spices and onions. This is a traditional Albanian dish widely used for every day meal or holidays as a main dish or sliders served with salad, rice, pasta, yogurt sauce or other dishes. Meatballs can be cooked in many different ways from pan frying to baking in the oven.

Albanian Pan-Fried Meatballs Featured

 1 lb ground beef80% preferred or 3 types of ground meat package (beef, lamb, pork)
 1 egg
 ½ cup bread crumbs
 ¼ cup milk
 1 small onionfinely chopped
 3 garlic clovesminced
 2 tsp salt
 ½ tsp pepper
 ¼ cup parsleyfinely chopped
 1 tsp dry mint
 ½ tsp oregano
 canola oilfor frying

In a bowl, mix the ground beef, egg, bread crumbs, salt and pepper together. Pour the milk and gently mix using hands until they just incorporated. The mixture should be slightly wet and not to sticky.


Ensure the meatballs are the same size using a cookie scoop to keep them even. Roll meatball mixture into small meatballs about 1-2 inches, then flatten like a patty.


Flour them all around and place them in the skillet in batches. When meatballs are golden brown and slightly crispy about 4 minutes, remove from the skillet to a paper towel to drain.


Serve meatballs warm with side dish of your choice.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 247Calories from Fat 187.80
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20.82g33%

Saturated Fat 4.56g23%
Trans Fat 0.58g
Cholesterol 48.81mg17%
Sodium 190.14mg8%
Potassium 172.63mg5%
Total Carbohydrate 5.40g2%

Dietary Fiber 0.50g2%
Sugars 0.98g
Protein 9.45g19%

Vitamin A 2.03%
Vitamin C 3.13%
Calcium 3.45%
Iron 7.76%
Vitamin D 53.32%
Vitamin E 13.63%
Vitamin K 28.43%
Thiamin 6.91%
Riboflavin 9.65%
Niacin 14.53%
Vitamin B6 14.20%
Folate 4.58%
Vitamin B12 43.97%
Phosphorus 14.13%
Magnesium 3.18%
Zinc 19.06%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.