Mediterranean-style Grilled Sardines
Popular in coastal regions all over southern Europe, this is the way to enjoy these oily fish at their very best
Refrigerate the marinating fish for at least 2 and up to 12 hours before grilling.
Preparation Time - Text
Cooking Time5 min
Cooking Time - Text5
Total Timeunder 4 hours
Make Ahead RecipeYes
OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Cocktail Party
Recipe Coursehot appetizer, tapas/small plates
Five Ingredients or LessYes
Taste and Textureherby, rich, salty, savory, tangy
- 8 large whole sardines, cleaned
- 8 thyme or lemon thyme sprigs, plus more to garnish
- 4 lemons
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
Rinse the sardines inside and out and pat with paper towels. Insert a sprig of thyme inside each fish. Place them in a shallow nonmetallic dish. Grate the zest and squeeze the juice from 3 of the lemons. Whisk the lemon zest and juice, oil, cumin, and garlic together in a bowl. Pour over the sardines. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
Preheat the broiler. Transfer the sardines to an oiled broiler rack, reserving the mariande. Broil for 2-3 minutes on each side, basting with the marinade.
Thinly slice the remaining lemon. Transfer the sardines to a serving platter and serve immediately, garnished with the lemon wedges and more thyme sprigs.
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