Grilled Fresh Sardines

Grilled Fresh Sardines Recipe
Photo: John Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr
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.


4 servings (serving size: 3 fish)

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Nutritional 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


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


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.


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