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Grilled sardines with salsa verde recipe

Grilled sardines with salsa verde recipe

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Try these delicious grilled sardines at your next barbecue feast. Featuring wonderfully crispy skin on the outside and succulently soft flesh on the inside, they make the ideal barbecue starter. See method

  • Serves 2
  • 15mins to prepare and 5mins to cook
  • 561 calories / serving


  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tbsp capers, finely chopped, plus 1 tbsp whole capers to serve
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 4 anchovy fillets, finely chopped
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced, plus extra wedges for serving
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • handful of parsley, finely chopped
  • handful of basil, finely chopped
  • handful of mint, finely chopped
  • 4–6 whole sardines (depending on size), gutted and cleaned

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    41g 59%
  • Saturates

    9g 43%
  • Sugars

    2g 2%
  • Salt

    1.2g 20%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 3g Protein 44g Fibre 1.1g


  1. Preheat the grill or barbecue. In a bowl, mash the garlic, capers, shallot and anchovies to a rough paste. Add the lemon zest and half the juice, then stir in the olive oil and herbs. Season well.
  2. Stuff the sardines with the mixture, reserving a little for serving. Squeeze over the remaining lemon juice (plus 1 tbsp of olive oil if barbecuing) and grill or barbecue for 2–3 minutes each side. Transfer to a serving plate and spoon over the remaining salsa verde. Serve with the whole capers and some extra lemon wedges, if you like.

*Whole sardines may only be available in limited stores.

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