It’s not often here that I can walk up to my local Whole Foods Market fish counter and get fresh sardines. So when the opportunity to do so occurred, I jumped at it. I am a huge fan of small sustainable fish, like sardines, and smelt. I’ll even go out on a limb and say that I like smelt fish more than sardines, but smelt fish are even harder to come by than fresh sardines. If you’ve never made fresh sardines before, then you have been missing out! They’re so easy to make, and so delicious!
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 7-10 minutes
1 pound of fresh Sardines split down the middle
1/2 cup of parsley
1/4 cup thyme
1 clove of garlic
3 tablespoons of lemon juice
1 tablespoon of olive oil
Sea salt and Black pepper to taste
Directions: Pre-heat the oven to 400F. Line a bake sheet with parchment or foil. Pulse all the ingredients with the exception of the sardines in a small blender or processor. You can skip the processor and opt to chop all the herbs finely and then mix with the oil and lemon. Place the sardines on the lined bake sheet, add the herb mixture to the inside of each sardine. Season with sea salt and black pepper then place in the oven and cook for 7-10 minutes, or until sardines are cooked through and have charred on top a bit. Remove from the oven, serve and enjoy!