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Grilled Sardines With Fresh Herb Sauce

Grilled Sardines With Fresh Herb Sauce

  • Yield: 4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme (lemon thyme if available), oregano, or marjoram leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 to 16 fresh whole sardines, cleaned, scaled, rinsed and dried
  • Salt
  • Crusty bread for serving, optional


  • Preheat a grill or broiler to high.
  • In a mortar and pestle, combine the thyme and parsley with the sea salt and pound until well crushed.
  • Add the lemon juice and drizzle in the olive oil until well combined. Add a pinch of pepper if desired. Set aside at room temperature until you are ready to serve the sardines.
  • Season the sardines well on both sides with salt and pepper.
  • Place directly on the grill and cook, turning once, until the skin is crispy and lightly charred, 2 to 3 minutes per side, depending on the size of the fish.
  • Transfer the fish to a serving platter and drizzle with the herb sauce. Serve immediately, with crusty bread, if desired.