grilled sardines

Grilled sardines recipe offers a truly exceptional culinary experience that brings the essence of the ocean to life on your plate. These grilled sardine recipes are simple yet delicious that truly showcase the innate goodness of sardines, while also highlighting their unique and distinctive flavor.

How to Grill Sardines

This recipe for grilled sardines is the best to prepare grilled sardines for your delightful dinner seafood party.


For the Marinade:

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

For the Sardines:

For Serving (Optional):

  • Lemon wedges
  • Fresh parsley, chopped


  1. Begin by rinsing the sardines under cold water and patting them dry with paper towels. Next, carefully cut off the heads and tails, and use a sharp knife to make a shallow incision along the belly to remove the innards. Rinse the sardines again to ensure they're clean.
  2. In a bowl, combine olive oil, minced garlic, chopped fresh herbs, a squeeze of lemon juice, salt, and black pepper. This marinade will infuse the sardines with flavor and help keep them moist during grilling. Coat the sardines generously with the marinade, making sure to get into all the crevices for maximum taste.
  3. Whether using a charcoal or gas grill, preheat it to medium-high heat. Make sure the grill grates are clean and well-oiled to prevent sticking.
  4. Place the marinated sardines on the preheated grill grates. Depending on the size of the sardines, grill them for about 2-4 minutes per side. Avoid overcooking, as sardines can become dry. The skin should become crispy and slightly charred, while the flesh inside remains tender and flaky.
  5. Once the sardines are cooked to perfection, carefully remove them from the grill and arrange them on a serving platter. Drizzle with a bit more olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice for an extra burst of freshness. Grilled sardines are often served as a tapa or appetizer, accompanied by crusty bread, a simple salad, or even grilled vegetables.

Tips for Perfectly Grilled Sardines:

  • Opt for medium-sized sardines that are large enough to handle on the grill but still tender and flavorful.

  • The marinade not only adds flavor but also helps prevent the sardines from drying out. Be generous with the marinade and allow the fish to soak it in for at least 15-20 minutes before grilling.
Feel free to experiment with different herbs and seasonings in the marinade. The robust flavors of grilled Portuguese sardines can complement a variety of herbs and spices.
Grilled Sardines
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