A white oval platter topped with slices of tomato and topped with grilled sardines

Grilled sardines with tomato salad

  • serves 4
  • Easy

Serve grilled sardines with a vibrant side salad of sweet heirloom tomatoes, crushed almonds and sherry vinegar


Try these grilled sardines with tomato salad, then check out our grilled Portuguese sardines, sardine spaghetti, sardines on toast and more speedy sardine recipes.



  • sardines 12, cleaned and gutted
  • extra-virgin olive oil 4 tbsp, plus a drizzle
  • sea salt flakes a big pinch
  • blanched almond or pine nuts 25g
  • heirloom tomatoes 4-6 large, at room temperature
  • shallot 1 long, peeled and finely chopped
  • sherry vinegar 2 tbsp
  • sugar a pinch
  • mustard powder ½ tsp
  • basil ½ small bunch, leaves picked


  • Step 1

    Heat a non-stick griddle pan over a very high heat, heat the grill to high or heat the barbecue and wait until the flames have died down. Put the sardines on a big platter or tray and drizzle with a little of the oil and sprinkle with the sea salt flakes. Toast the almonds in a dry frying pan for 3-4 minutes or until lightly golden and toasted, then bash with a pestle and mortar into chunky rubble – or roughly chop on a chopping board.

  • Step 2

    Cut the tomatoes into 5mm-thick slices and arrange in a single layer over a large platter. Whisk together the shallot, vinegar, sugar, mustard powder and 4 tbsp of olive oil with some seasoning. Drizzle most of this over the tomatoes and leave to marinate at room temperature while you cook the sardines.

  • Step 3

    Give the sardines another toss in the oil and salt, then transfer to the barbecue or griddle pan, or put under the hot grill. Cook for 4-5 minutes on each side or until the skin is crisp and charred, and the flesh gives way when pressed lightly. Pile the sardines over the tomato salad. Top with the toasted almonds, basil and a drizzle of dressing to serve.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 453
  • Fat 27.7g
  • Saturates 5.8g
  • Carbs 5.5g
  • Sugars 5.1g
  • Fibre 1.7g
  • Protein 44.6g
  • Salt 1g