Sardines! One of the most popular fish in the summer for so many reasons. What can I say now that you don’t already know? About the Omega-3 fatty acids and the nutritional value, about the wonderful flavor, about the price that everyone can afford it and blah, blah, blah….. In fact there was something else that was bothering me for many years!

And this was that BBQ sardines was the only way we prefered to eat sardines. So I was trying and trying different recipes but I always led to a dead end. That was until now! Try this recipe for the most delicious sardines ever! I promise, it will blow your mind!

We will need…


  • 1 kg sardines
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 15 cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped parsley
  • 1 Tbsp mustard
  • 1 chili pepper
  • 2 Tbsp red and black peppercorns
  • Salt, fresh ground pepper and oregano
  • Optional 1 clove garlic for garlic lovers (I am not)


Cut off the sardine heads and pull out the guts. Rab the soft, overlapping scales off the sardines with your thumbnail. Gently rinse the fish inside and out, under the tap. Season with salt and set aside for a half an hour.


In a food processor whisk olive oil and mustard. If you don’t want the chili pepper, then at this point use instead of chili pepper some hot mustard.


Pour over sardines and mix well. Lay them nicely in a baking pan. Sprinkle with fresh ground pepper.


Cut the cherry tomatoes in half, cut the onion into rings and chop the parsley and chili pepper. Peel the lemon and cut it in slices. Put everything in a bowl, add a little more oil, season with salt and add the peppercorns. When the food is baking, peppercorns smell strongly, cover the fish smell and give a fascinating flavor. This was a surprise for me, but this is what happens. Sprinkle with oregano and stir.


Pour over the sardines and spread nicely. Add some water, about 1/3 of a cup.


Bake with high heat about 230-250℃ or 450-480℉ for about half an hour.


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