These small fish are very high in omega 3 and quite healthy for you plus they are very sustainable which is healthy for the sardine population.
My favorite way of cooking these tasty little fish is on the grill. Cook them whole, remove the bones and place on salad, rice, or couscous. Crispy and flavorful!
A great alternative to sardines are a fish called saury. It’s a small mackerel from the Pacific Ocean and taste very similar. We carry them frozen all the time. Same health benefits as sardines.
1 pound whole sardines, scaled and cleaned
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon herbed sea salt (available at Dirk's)
Brush sardines with olive oil and dust with sea salt. Leave at room temperature for about 20 to 30 minutes.
Place fish directly on hot grill, cook about 2 to 3 minutes per side.
Remove head, slide knife along the backbone to separate the fillets and remove large bones. You may encounter a few small bones which are edible. Enjoy