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


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