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Grilled Portuguese sardines

grill portuguese sardines

Portuguese sardines

Grilled Portuguese sardines make a classic dish, often celebrated for their simplicity and delicious flavours.
Mrs F and I visited Portugal many years ago and found a small market not far from Lisbon. One of the staff was cooking sardines served on fresh, crispy bread. There is something particularly good about eating grilled fresh fish in the open air.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine Portuguese
Servings 4 people
Calories 129 kcal


  • Charcoal grill


  • 8-10 fresh sardines cleaned and gutted
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 lemon sliced
  • 1 tbsp Fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
  • Rinse the sardines under cold water and pat them dry with paper towels.
  • Make a few shallow cuts on both sides of each sardine. This will help the fish cook more evenly and absorb more flavor.
  • In a small bowl, combine the minced garlic, a generous drizzle of olive oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix well to create a simple marinade.
  • Rub the marinade onto the sardines, making sure to coat them thoroughly, inside and out.
  • Place the sardines on the preheated grill and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until they are cooked through and have nice grill marks.
  • Once the sardines are cooked, transfer them to a serving platter. Squeeze fresh lemon juice over the top and sprinkle with chopped parsley.
  • Serve the grilled sardines with a fresh salad, crusty bread, and additional lemon wedges on the side.
  • Enjoy your delicious Portuguese sardines!
Keyword grilled, sardine, sardines

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