Photo: John Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr
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.

How to Make It

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

Kathy M.'s Review

Kathy M.
July 18, 2010
Although reluctant at first, I was curious and willing to try this recipe (My mother always told me to try everything once). The fennel seeds really enhanced the flavor which was surprisingly good. I will use this recipe again.