Brasserie Blanc

Grilled Atlantic Sardines with tomato sauce

3 smaller or 2 larger sardines per person. (Ask your fishmonger to scale, gut and take the heads off)
For the marinade:
100ml of olive oil
5g garlic - peeled & finely chopped
10g shallots - peeled & finely chopped
25g fresh parsley - washed & finely chopped
A small bunch of fresh rosemary finely chopped, about 1 teaspoon full
A good pinch of coarse ground black pepper & sea salt to season
For the tomato sauce:
65g onions - peeled and cut into 1/2cm squares
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 - 2 cloves of garlic (2 scant teaspoons)- peeled and finely chopped
1 teaspoon fresh thyme - chopped
1 small bay leaf

Grilled Atlantic Sardines with tomato sauce

Serves 4

Fresh grilled sardines are the perfect beach or barbecue food. They can be as fancy or as simple as you like. In the Brasseries we serve them with braised fennel & olive oil mash. Feel free to do the same, or just enjoy them as is with a simple green salad.

  1. Wash your sardines and pat dry inside and out with a paper towel.
  2. Combine all of the marinade ingredients in a shallow dish.
  3. Coat the sardines in the mix and leave in dish. Cover, refrigerate and allow to marinade for at least 2 hours prior to cooking.
  4. Whilst the sardines marinate, prepare the tomato sauce.
  5. Sweat the garlic & onion in the olive oil for 5 minutes without colouring
  6. Add the tomato puree, bay leaf, thyme & sugar and cook for 1 minute further.
  7. Add the chopped tomatoes & the seasoning and simmer for 5 minutes.
  8. Add the water and simmer for 20 minutes.
  9. Set the sauce aside for a time to allow the flavours to infuse.
  10. You can serve the coarse sauce as is, or if you prefer a smooth sauce liquidise with a hand blender then pass through a fine sieve.
  11. Reheat before serving.
  12. When ready take the sardines out of the marinade & grill for two minutes each side under a hot grill or on a griddle pan.
  13. Place the sardines in individual bowls and spoon the marinade over them.
  14. Serve immediately with lashings of tomato sauce.
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