Grilled harissa sardines with fennel & potato salad served on a plate

Grilled harissa sardines with fennel & potato salad

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 30 mins

Easy

Serves 6

Pair sardines with harissa to make this fabulous summer salad with fennel, olives and new potatoes. The freshness of the fennel really balances the richness of the fish

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal502
  • fat28g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs26g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre5g
  • protein34g
  • salt0.8g
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Ingredients

  • 900g new potatoes
    New potatoes

    New potatoes

    n-ew po-tate-oes

    New potatoes have thin, wispy skins and a crisp, waxy texture. They are young potatoes and…

  • 2 fennel bulbs
    Fennel bulb

    Fennel bulb

    Like Marmite, fennel is something that you either love or hate - its strong aniseed flavour…

  • 1⁄2 lemon, juiced
    Lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 24 small good-quality black olives
  • 5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

For the sardines

  • 12 sardines, cleaned and gutted
    Sardine

    Sardine

    sar-deen

    Sardines are named after the island of Sardinia, where they were once found in abundance. Found…

  • 4 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • shop-bought harissa, or homemade (see our recipe)
    Harissa

    Harissa

    ha-riss-ah

    This hot, aromatic paste made from chilli and assorted other spices and herbs is spicy and…

  • 2 lemons, 1 juiced, 1 cut into wedges to serve
    Lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 3 tbsp chopped parsley
    Parsley

    Parsley

    par-slee

    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

Method

  1. Cook the potatoes in boiling salted water until tender, about 15-20 mins. While they’re cooking, remove any tough outer leaves from the fennel and trim the tops, keeping any feathery fronds. Halve lengthways and remove the little hard core from each piece and discard. Cut the fennel into very fine slices using a mandoline or a sharp knife. Put them in a bowl and squeeze over the lemon juice. When the potatoes are tender, drain well and toss with the fennel, olives, extra virgin olive oil, some seasoning and the reserved fronds. 

  2. If the sardines haven’t been scaled, remove by hand under running water, then wash out traces of blood from the inside and dry with kitchen paper.

  3. Heat the grill. Mix the oil with the harissa (see our recipe). Put the sardines on a grill tray covered with foil. Brush them with the harissa oil (on both sides), season with salt and put under a very hot grill and cook for 4-5 mins each side, or until cooked through. Pour over the lemon juice and scatter with the parsley. Serve on the fennel and potato salad with wedges of lemon for squeezing over.

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