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Grilled Fresh Sardines

Photo: John Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr
Yield 4 servings (serving size: 3 fish)
The average weight of a fresh sardine is 3 to 6 ounces, but they can grow up to about a pound. The number of servings and serving size will vary depending on the size of the fish you find.


  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 shallot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 12 (3-ounce) whole dressed sardines
  • Cooking spray

Nutrition Information

  • calories 143
  • fat 7.6 g
  • satfat 1 g
  • monofat 3.9 g
  • polyfat 2.3 g
  • protein 12.7 g
  • carbohydrate 2.8 g
  • fiber 0.2 g
  • cholesterol 69 mg
  • iron 0.3 mg
  • sodium 368 mg
  • calcium 6 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine the first 3 ingredients in a mini food processor, and process until pureed. Add olive oil and kosher salt to shallot mixture; pulse to combine. Place sardines in a shallow dish; rub inside and outside of fish evenly with shallot mixture. Cover and chill for 3 hours.

  2. Prepare charcoal fire in a chimney starter; let coals burn until flames die down. Pour hot coals out of starter; pile on one side of grill. Coat grate with cooking spray; put grate in place.

  3. Place sardines over direct heat; grill for 2 minutes on each side. Move fish over indirect heat, and grill for 5 minutes or until desired degree of doneness.

Cook's Notes

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