Grilled Fresh Sardines

I’ve been on the lookout for sardines at my local butcher after enjoying fresh sardines in Monterey, CA over Memorial long weekend. The key is to find fresh sardines as frozen ones tend to be mushy once thawed.

Besides being healthy they are actually pretty easy to prepare although you do have to be careful handling them. I ended up purchasing 6 sardines for dinner.

Bag of sardines (6)

3 Garlic cloves, minced

Salt and pepper

Olive oil

1 Lemon

Cherry tomatoes (optional)

Rinse the sardines in cold water, gently pat them dry, and lay them out on a piece of paper towel.

Mince some garlic.  Preheat the grill pan over medium-high heat  and add a generous helping of olive oil and swirl to cover the bottom of the pan. Add the garlic and fry for a few seconds. Careful not to burn the garlic.

Salt and pepper the sardines.

Place the sardines on top of the garlic and grill for 4 minutes. Turn over and cook another 3-4 minutes.

Place on serving dish. Add cherry tomatoes and squeeze fresh lemon on top.

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