- zest and juice 1 lemon
Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…
- 4 tbsp olive oil
Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…
- 12 sardines, cleaned, gutted and heads cut off (ask your fishmonger to do this)
Sardines are named after the island of Sardinia, where they were once found in abundance. Found…
- small bunch dill, finely chopped
- small bunch parsley, finely chopped
One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…
- 1 tbsp capers, drained and chopped
Capers are the small flower buds of the Capparis shrub, which grows in the Mediterranean. As…
- 2 tbsp cornichon, drained and finely chopped
- 8 wooden skewers, soaked in water
Pour half the lemon juice and 1 tbsp olive oil over the sardines, then rub it into the fish’s cavity and skin. Lay 2-3 sardines (depending on size) side by side and thread a skewer through the tail end and one through the head end, packing them closely together.
To make the tartare dressing, combine the lemon zest and the rest of the juice and oil with the dill, parsley, capers, cornichons and some seasoning. Set aside.
Season the sardines really well, then carefully lift them onto a hot barbecue. Cook for 3-4 mins on each side, carefully lifting the skewers to turn them, then transfer to a serving plate. Spoon over a little dressing and serve the rest on the side.