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Grilled Fresh Sardines with Garlic Butter


  • 100g butter

  • 2 cloves crushed garlic

  • 1tsp chopped parsley

  • Juice of ¼ lemon

  • Pepper

  • 12 fresh sardines

  • Sea salt

  • Olive oil

  • 12 kebab sticks

  • 1 loaf of crusty white bread


  • 1.

    For the garlic butter soften the butter and mix in the garlic, parsley, lemon juice and pepper to taste. Roll the mixture into a cylinder shape and wrap in cling film. Put in the fridge to set.

  • 2.

    Clean and gut the sardines. Bury each sardine in sea salt and then take out and wipe off excess salt chunks.

  • 3.

    Skewer each sardine lengthwise along a kebab stick and brush with olive oil.

  • 4.

    Grill the sardines on the barbecue for around five minutes, turning occasionally until cooked. When ready the flesh of the fish should easily flake away from the bone.

  • 5.

    Meanwhile grill slices of the bread on both sides until done.

  • 6.

    Serve the sardines on the grilled bread with a chunk of garlic butter to taste.

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