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

Grilled sardines with tomato salad

Published: August 13, 2021 at 10:13 am
  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
  • Easy
  • Serves 4

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

  • Gluten free
low inkcal453

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


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