Sardine BLTs with Herbs and Lemon

Photo: Thomas J. Story

Take your BLTs to the next level with sardines, arugula and zesty, homemade Parsley Chive Mayo!

Yield: Serves 4
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Recipe Time

Total: 30 Minutes


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • Finely shredded zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 8 slices bacon
  • 8 sardines (1 1/3 lbs. total), cleaned and filleted*
  • 4 crusty rolls, split and toasted in oven
  • About 2 cups lightly packed arugula
  • 8 tomato slices


  1. 1. Preheat oven to 450°. Mix mayo ingredients in a small bowl; chill. Cook bacon until crisp in a 12-in. frying pan, transfer to paper towels, and reserve fat in pan.
  2. 2. Cook sardines skin side down in fat (in 2 batches if needed) over medium-high heat until opaque, tipping pan often and spooning fat over fish. Drain fish on paper towels.
  3. 3. Spread rolls with parsley chive mayo. Layer arugula, tomatoes, bacon, and sardines in rolls and cut in half.
  4. *Ask your fishmonger to clean and fillet sardines for you, or do it yourself (see "How to Clean and Fillet Sardines" at
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