Chargrilled sardines with lemon and olive oil

Chargrilled sardines with lemon and olive oil

By 15/12/2017

Come to my house if you like fresh fish! We eat fish several times a week and all sorts of fish thanks to the fact that we live only across the road to a fishmonger.

Fresh seabass, squid, bream, mackerel, sardines or any other beauty like this, provided that it is fresh, will take you straight to the seaside with its beautiful perfumed taste of the sea.

I have entered a competition on the "Thomas Cook Airlines" around theirย  Hottest Destinationsย  to create a "bbq-inspired" recipe inspired by their holiday destination Faro in Portugal.

As you know I love Mediterranean healthy food and Portugal is just up my street so I chose a classic: sardines, perfectly in tune with Portuguese cooking.

I have chargrilled them on a griddle pan to give them a wonderful BBQ flavour. I have also griddled some peppers too to go with them but you could do sliced eggplant or zucchini if you prefer. An easy marinade with lemon juice and olive oil will help bring out the wonderful flavour of the sardines.

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  • Prep Time : 25 minutes
  • Cook Time : 15 minutes
  • Yield : 4



Wash the peppers, remove stems and seeds and cut them into quarters.

Grilled sardines with peppers

Finely chop the garlic cloves then mix them in a bowl with 3 tbsp of olive oil, the juice of one lemon, 1 tbsp of chopped parsley, salt and pepper; whisk well to combine.

Put the sardines in a bowl and pour the marinade over them. Set aside for 30 minutes stirring the fish on both sides so it will be coated evenly.

Marinating sardines

Heat up your griddle pan until very hot. I have a cast iron pan which I always heat up for at least 10 minutes before using it. Dip a kitchen paper towel in oil and quickly rub the heated (not smoking!) pan to avoid any food sticking to it as it cooks.

Grilling sardines

Place the peppers on the hot griddle pan and cook them on both sides for 4 to 5 minutes or until soft then set aside.

Remove the sardines from the marinade and place them on the hot griddle pan for about 2 to 3 minutes turning them on both sides until they look charred and they are cooked through.

In a bowl toss the peppers with a little olive oil oil, a pinch of salt and ground pepper.

Put the sardines and the peppers on a serving dish. Drizzle the sardines with a little olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice.

Garnish with chopped parsley and serve with lemon wedges.

Chargrilled sardines with peppers

This recipe is sponsored by Thomas Cook Airlines, all opinions are my own.

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7 Responses to Chargrilled sardines with lemon and olive oil

  1. elisabetta

    We also grill fresh sardines in exactly the same way and we also love to accompany them with roasted peppers. In fact the lemon, garlic and parsley marinade works equally well with mackerel and horse mackerel. Yummy!

    • Alida

      Absolutely, mackerel is such a tasty fish. I wish you a nice Christmas Elisabetta.

  2. Frank

    Looks really delicious, Alida!

    • Alida

      Thanks Frank, give me sardines any day of the week!

  3. La cucina di Molly

    Adoro le sardine, anch’io le preparo grigliate, ottime anche gratinate con capperi e origano, mi hai dato una bella idea di presentarle con i peperoni, devono essere troppo buone! Un bacione carissima!

    • Alida

      Tu sei bravissima con il pesce e per me e’ un complimento se ti piacciono i miei piatti. Grazie cara

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