Traditional Soutzoukakia

Traditional Soutzoukakia

A traditional Greek dish, Soutzoukakia are small, spiced meatballs that are cooked in a flavourful tomato-based sauce. Perfect for a hearty meal.

  • 4 servings
  • 45 mins
  • 502 kcal
  • NF
Traditional Soutzoukakia

Soutzoukakia is a Greek dish that consists of small, spiced meatballs that are cooked in a tomato-based sauce. The meatballs are typically made from a mixture of ground beef and pork, and they are flavoured with garlic, onion, and other spices. The finished meatballs are then skewered and cooked in a flavorful tomato sauce. Soutzoukakia can be served as an appetiser or main course, and they are often accompanied by rice or mashed potatoes. For those who enjoy traditional Greek cuisine, Soutzoukakia is a must-try dish.

This is my Soutzoukakia recipe - a traditional Greek spiced meatballs recipe. This dish is also known in Greece as Smyrna meatballs, Soutzoukakia Smyrneika or İzmir Köfte. That’s because the dish arrived in Greece via immigrants from Smyrna (now called Izmir), in Anatolia, Turkey, which was often referred to as ‘Asia Minor’.

This hearty Greek dish provides a fabulous combination of Mediterranean flavours. The cinnamon gives a gentle warmth, but it is the unique savoury note provided by the cumin that makes Soutzoukakia unlike anything else. These flavoursome meatballs cooked in a rich, thick tomato sauce are definitely considered ‘the main event’ for my family’s dinner (served with either rice or mashed potatoes), but they can also be considered a side dish as part of a larger feast. Please invite me!


  • Soutzoukakia
  • Tomato sauce

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You will need about 45 minutes to make 4 servings of this recipe, which has approximately 502 calories each. Make sure you have all the ingredients and follow these 7 simple steps. If you have any questions, send me an email and I’d be more than happy to help!

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Traditional Soutzoukakia

Soutzoukakia is a traditional recipe of spiced meatballs baked in a luscious tomato sauce! Their name is a bit hard to pronounce if you're not Greek, but don't let that discourage you from giving them a try. I've seen Soutzoukakia served as a side-dish, but in my family, it's either rice or mashed potatoes!

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Martha3 Sep, 22 @ 10:10am

This is such an amazing dish! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Had some left over sauce and turned it into breakfast spread over toasted bread with cheese… fantastic! 🤤

Juanella28 May, 23 @ 4:39am

What tomato sause is used, please? Have not made as yet.

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Sevi30 May, 23 @ 6:20am

@Juanella you can use any tinned tomato sauce for this recipe. Personally, I go for the “Peeled Plum Tomatoes” option at the supermarket. It never fails to deliver that delicious tomato flavor. 😊

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