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Skewered sardines with tartare dressing

Skewered sardines with tartare dressing

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  • Easy
  • Serves 4

Try this superhealthy fish dish when you fancy something different for the BBQ

  • Healthy
Nutrition: per serving
low insalt0.91g


  • zest and juice 1 lemon
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 12 sardines , cleaned, gutted and heads cut off (ask your fishmonger to do this)
  • small bunch dill , finely chopped
  • small bunch parsley , finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp capers , drained and chopped
  • 2 tbsp cornichon , drained and finely chopped
  • 8 wooden skewers , soaked in water


  • STEP 1

    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.

  • STEP 2

    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.

  • STEP 3

    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.

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Recipe from Good Food magazine, August 2011

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