Ok so we all love a barbeque. This is something I think we can all agree on. Even if you’re not a fish fan, chances are you probably like barbequed fish because it kind of tastes like chicken. Here is how to make the most amazing Portuguese sardines (sardinhas in both the Portuguese and Brazilian-Portuguese language) in the world – they taste nothing like tinned Portuguese sardines by the way so don’t fear.
You get about 12 – 16 FRESH whole sardines, scale them, clean them an rinse ’em. Once you’ve done that lay them side by side like you would sausages. Do this on a grill pan but dry them off beforehand with a kitchen towel. This is very important. The sardines must be dry and all moisture must be removed, so that they can grill properly.
After you have completed this first step, place them on a plate and refrigerate the little monsters.
While they are being refrigerated, get out your barbee as the Australians would call it and start heating them grills up.
Then get about two cups of seeded and diced tomatoes and put them in a bowl. Add olives, basil, cilantro, shallots, garlic and of course, as is the case with all fish dishes, lemon juice. Once you have this mixture done it’s time to grill the sardines.
Grilling the sardines is also a very important part of the process of making Portuguese sardines. You must grill each side for 2 to 3 minutes. You must be patient because if you turn them too soon the skin will stick to the plate. After they have been cooked place them on a the tomato mixture, sprinkle with salt and pepper and drizzle with some lemon juice and olive oil.
There you have it, Portuguese Grilled Sardines. Absolutely 100 per cent delicious.
Serve immediately with a few slices of lemon.