Grilled Sardines with Lemon and Olive Oil

Posted by Olivia on Friday, July 8th, 2011

Uuber-easy is the name of the game with this classic Mediterranean recipe.

Grilled sardines are a completely different beast than the oil-packed, canned ones, and they come to life with just a bit of lemon juice and olive oil. We used our robust Italian Blend Olive Oil, since its spice and aroma hold up well to the grill, and finished off with only citrus and seasonings, this summer dinner is done in under 10. Serve it up with a side of olive tapenade, garlic bread, and cheeses for a lovely platter.

  • 8 medium sardines, cleaned, head and tail intact
  • 2 tablespoons Italian Blend Olive Oil, plus more for serving
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 16 rounds thinly sliced lemon
  • 4 lemons, halved, for serving
  • Black olives, for serving

  1. Preheat grill to high. Drizzle sardines with oil and season on all sides with salt and pepper. Place 2 sliced lemon rounds inside each sardine.
  2. Place sardines on grill and cook until just done, about 2 minutes per side. Remove and transfer to a serving platter.
  3. Drizzle additional olive oil over cooked sardines; serve immediately with lemon halves and olives.

Notes: Makes about 4 servings.

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