Many people think they cannot cook fish or that it is too expensive. But is it really?
Today I bought fresh sardines and spent less than the cost of a cappuccino! And that's for two people. There is some tasty fish available that's really cheap too.
Sardines are incredibly tasty, very healthy, and should be on the table more often. When I buy sardines in Italy I find that they taste different to the ones caught in the North Atlantic sea. The Mediterranean sea is certainly more salty and the fish there seems to taste better somehow.
However this does not put me off buying fish in the UK. All you need to do is to give the fish a kick, a lift.
If you like sardines please do try these chilly and lemon marinated version. I have cooked them on a griddle pan and they only took a few minutes each side. The chilly and lemon helps bringing their amazing flavour out.
Make sure they are fresh, or they won't taste as good: check out for a glossy flesh and a clear eye and you'll be sure to have a healthy and delicious meal in no time!
- Prep Time : 15 + 30 minutes
- Cook Time : 10 minutes
This is how fresh sardines should look, glossy and firm.
So here we are. Mamma is cleaning sardines and Rubio the cat makes sure he is not missing anything. The cat is always there when fish is being cleaned!
She scales and guts them
After you have gutted the sardines (or you have asked your fishmongers to do it!) put them in a bowl with chopped dill, the juice and zest of the lemons, the chopped chilly (remove the seeds of the chilly first) and garlic, salt and pepper. Drizzle generously with olive oil and let it marinade for 30-40 minutes.
Heat a griddle pan until very hot then lay the fish over it, cook it for 3-4 minutes each side and add the marinade in the last minute of cooking. Serve warm with salad and rustic bread.
As this is a Mediterranean recipe, I am entering it to "Cooking with Herbs" hosted by Karen at Lavender and Lovage.