Grilled Portuguese Sardines served on an oval blue plate

Grilled Portuguese sardines

  • serves 4
  • Easy

Check out these sweet and peppery crispy sardines, ready in 20 minutes. These are great on a griddle, but will also work on the BBQ when the weather warms up. Serve with a big green salad and lots of crusty bread


Try these Portuguese-style sardines, then check out our grilled sardines with tomato salad, sardine spaghetti and more sardine recipes.

*This recipe is gluten-free according to industry standards



  • extra-virgin olive oil 2 tbsp, plus extra to serve
  • garlic 3 cloves, sliced
  • smoked sweet paprika 1 tbsp, plus extra to serve
  • lemon ½, zested and wedged to serve
  • rosemary 4 sprigs, leaves stripped and bruised
  • red chilli 1, deseeded and finely chopped
  • sardines 8, gutted


  • Step 1

    Put all of the ingredients, except the sardines, into a bowl and mix together with some seasoning. Pour into a baking dish, add the sardines and toss really well. Cover and chill for a few hours.

  • Step 2

    Heat a BBQ or griddle pan until hot. Cook the sardines for 4-5 minutes on each side or until really caramelised and charred. Put onto a serving plate, drizzle with oil, sprinkle with a little more paprika and squeeze over the lemon wedges.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 231
  • Fat 13.6g
  • Saturates 3.2g
  • Carbs 0.6g
  • Sugars 0.3g
  • Fibre 1.1g
  • Protein 26g
  • Salt 0.4g