Grilled Mediterranean Sardines


We both love fish and had originally wanted to do mackerel wrapped in prosciutto, however they didn’t have any at the fishmongers so we went for the closest fish to mackerel- sardines. We were so surprised at how little they cost as well: £2/$3 for 10 sardines!  We didn’t want to over-complicate the dish and overpower the flavour of the fish so we went for a Mediterranean feel using basic ingredients. We chose simple sides with flavours that weren’t too strong as the fish was the main feature. You could also grill the sardines on the BBQ if you’re lucky enough to be using one!  This meal was extra special as it was our last meal made together in our student house.  😦
Camilla and Emily

Serves 2 

8-10 sardines

For the marinade
4 tbsp olive oil

3 cloves garlic
Juice of half a lemon
Handful fresh chopped flat leaf parsley

For the sauce
1 medium white onion

200g cherry tomatoes
3 slices prosciutto
Handful fresh chopped flat leaf parsley
150ml white wine
1 tbsp olive oil


1. Gut and clean the sardines (if this hasn’t already been done).
2. Place the sardines in a large flat bowl, then mix together the crushed garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, chopped parsley and pour over the sardines ensuring they are evenly coated. Leave to marinate for at least an hour.
3. Grill the prosciutto until crisp and set aside.
4. Finely chop the onion and halve the cherry tomatoes. Heat the oil in a pan and soften the onion, then add the cherry tomatoes and cook for a further few minutes. Pour in the white wine and cook off so that it evaporates. If the sauce becomes too dry, add some water. Simmer the sauce gently until it has thickened and the tomatoes are very soft. Sprinkle in the parsley and add half of the crispy prosciutto, broken into pieces.
6. Whilst the sauce is simmering grill the sardines for about 10-15 minutes turning half way through. (It shouldn’t take this long if you have a very powerful grill).

Serve the sardines straight away and spoon the sauce over and sprinkle with the remaining prosciutto. 


2 responses to “Grilled Mediterranean Sardines

  1. LOVE grilled sardines. We rarely see fresh sardines here in the U.S. Usually they are tinned.

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