Grilled Sardines

Fish In A Summer Marinade

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We should point out that in common with all fish recipes take sensible precautions with the bones, if you are eating fish assume that their will be fish bones in the fish.

The sardines need to be bathed in the marinade for at least an hour, take them from the marinade, grill and eat immediately. Char grilled peppers and couscous are a great accompaniment to this dish. Can't be bothered with the marinade? simply brush a little olive oil on both sides of the fish then grill, they'll still be simply delicious. Sardines can vary in size so adjust you cooking time accordingly.

Sardine Preparation Time: 15 Minutes
Cooking Time: 12 Minutes

Ingredients: Serves 4

600g fresh sardines or if you prefer mackerel, cleaned and heads removed


1 finely chopped shallot
A splash of olive oil
2 crushed garlic cloves
Juice and rind of 1/2 lemon
Juice and rind of 1/2 lime
1 sprig fresh basil, finely chopped
1 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp of balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp of poppy seeds

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Wash the sardines and soak in cold water for 10 minutes.
  2. To prepare the marinade simply mix all of the ingredients except half the basil and the poppy seeds together in a shallow dish. Place the sardines in the dish and marinade.
  3. Remove the fish from the marinade, place on a tray under the grill and cook for about 12 minutes turning regularly.
  4. Remove from the grill shower with the remaining basil and poppy seeds, then serve.

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