Grilled sardines with chermoula

Grilled sardines with chermoula

By
From
Nature
Serves
4
Prep
20 mins
Cooking time
10 mins
Photographer
Françoise Nicol

AD— There’s no point in adding thyme or any other aromatic herb when grilling sardines. They are flavourful enough by themselves and it would only detract from the result. They can also be grilled on a plancha or an ordinary grill.

PN— Sardines are full of Omega 3 oils which are good for the heart and nervous system! This inexpensive fish makes a useful contribution to a healthy balanced diet. Eat it as often as you can... even if the smell from grilling it can be a bit powerful. Just open the windows!

Prepare the sardines

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
16 very fresh sardines

Method

  1. Scale and gut 16 very fresh sardines (or get your fishmonger to do it for you).
  2. Rinse well under running water and dry carefully with a clean tea towel. Keep in a cold place.

Make the chermoula condiment

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
2 garlic cloves
3 sprigs mint
A pinch salt
2 pinches piment d’espelette
1 teaspoon cumin
1 lemon, juiced
5 tablespoons olive oil

Method

  1. Peel 2 garlic cloves. Wash, dry and take the leaves from 3 sprigs of coriander and 3 sprigs of mint.
  2. Put the garlic cloves, a pinch of salt and 2 pinches of Piment d’Espelette into a mortar.
  3. Crush the mixture to form a purée. Add 1 teaspoon of cumin, the coriander and mint leaves.
  4. Continue to crush firmly and, when the mixture forms a paste, add the juice of 1 lemon then, gradually, 5 tablespoons of olive oil.
  5. Transfer the chermoula to a small saucepan.
  6. Heat gently, stirring, without allowing to boil until it begins to release its aroma. Allow to cool.

Grill the sardines and serve

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
freshly ground black pepper
lemon wedges

Method

  1. Salt the sardines lightly on each side.
  2. Grill on a hot barbecue for 2 minutes on each side.
  3. Add freshly ground black pepper. Lay the fish on the serving dish with lemon wedges and serve the chermoula condiment separately.
Tags:
Alain
Ducasse
Nature
nature
natural
healthy
simple
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