Mediterranean-style Grilled Sardines

Popular in coastal regions all over southern Europe, this is the way to enjoy these oily fish at their very best.

Recipe courtesy of "The Illustrated Kitchen Bible: 1,000 Family Recipes from Around the World" by Victoria Blashford-Snell, copyright 2008. Used by permission of Dorling Kindersley Limited. All rights reserved.

Mediterranean-style Grilled Sardines

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    Ingredients

    8 thyme or lemon thyme sprigs, plus more to garnish 1 tsp ground cumin
    4 lemons 2 garlic cloves, crushed
    3 tbsp olive oil 8 large whole sardines, cleaned

    directions

    Prep: 2 hours (120 mins) Total:
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    • 1

      Rinse the sardines inside and out and pat with paper towels. Insert a sprig of thyme inside each fish. Place them in a shallow nonmetallic dish. Grate the zest and squeeze the juice from 3 of the lemons. Whisk the lemon zest and juice, oil, cumin, and garlic together in a bowl. Pour over the sardines. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.

    • 2

      Preheat the broiler. Transfer the sardines to an oiled broiler rack, reserving the mariande. Broil for 2-3 minutes on each side, basting with the marinade.

    • 3

      Thinly slice the remaining lemon. Transfer the sardines to a serving platter and serve immediately, garnished with the lemon wedges and more thyme sprigs.

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