Grilled Fresh Sardines

Photo: Lara Robby

The modest sardine turns into a delectable appetizer when grilled with salt, pepper, and a brush of olive oil.


  • 8 medium whole fresh sardines (about 1 pound total), gutted, rinsed inside and out, and patted dry

  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 ½ teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • ¾ teaspoon coarse salt

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • 6 inch baguette (about 4 ounces), cut diagonally into 16 thin slices

  • 1 garlic clove, peeled

  • Vegetable-oil cooking spray

  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges, for serving


  1. Brush both sides of fish using 1 tablespoon oil. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.

  2. Rub cut sides of bread with garlic. Brush with remaining oil, and sprinkle with remaining salt and pepper.

  3. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat with cooking spray. Grill bread until crisp, about 1 minute per side. Grill sardines until cooked through, about 2 minutes per side. Serve on a platter with bread and lemon wedges.

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