Posted on | August 6, 2008 | 31 Comments |
The grilling saga continues! This time it’s Sardines! Yes, I finally found fresh sardines here at Uwajimaya! Grilled these on my non-stick grill pan, since I was a bit afraid to use the cast iron grill. I didn’t want the skin to stick to cast iron, crispy skin is the best part of sardines! Yeah, yeah I know the theory, if you pre-heat it and apply oil, nothing will stick, etc. I didn’t want to take that chance and the non-stick grill pan worked perfectly for this. I have a real smelly house now, which is a totally different problem altogether!
The sardines were seasoned with just salt and freshly ground pepper, and grilled crispy! Back home, we apply a lot of spices to sardines and fry these, but ever since we had the crispy roasted sardines at How to Cook a Wolf , where they just used salt and pepper to season the sardines, we have been meaning to try it out. Since my oven is broken, I couldn’t roast these, I thought grilling would work just the same, and it did! To go with these, I made a tarragon-garlic-lemon-chile butter, which was the perfect accompaniment to the simple grilled fish! This butter is a versatile dipping sauce for other seafood dishes and even veggies!
Clean the sardines and season both sides with salt and pepper.
Heat a well-greased grill pan. When the pan is really hot, place the sardines and grill for about 3-4 minutes on each side till the skin is brown and crispy on both sides.
Serve hot with the tarragon-lemon-garlic-chile-butter.
- 1/2 a block butter
- 2 tbsp fresh tarragon minced
- 2 large cloves of garlic minced
- 1 Habanero chilie seeded and finely minced (or use any other spicy variety of chilies)
- grated zest from 1 baby lemon
- juice of 1/2 a baby lemon
- salt to taste
Melt the butter in a small sauce pan over low heat. Add the tarragon, garlic, chilies, lemon zest and lemon juice. Stir well to combine, let it heat for a minute or so. Keep warm till ready to serve.
You can also use other fresh herbs in this recipe.
If you want to make sardines the way we make it back home check out Shn’s mouthwatering creation here.
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