spicy hot summer bbq … grilled sardines

This is for me summer … not able to BBQ anymore, because my balcony isn’t on the top floor as it was in Gothenburg and Belfast, but I do them in my IKEA grill pan on the stove and it works fine – but not really the same as on a proper grill.

The best sardines I ever eat is in St. Jean de-Luz, every time I have been visiting Biarritz have I taken the bus into St. Jean-de-Luz just for the sardines at –
Restaurant Ibaia
39 Rue T39 Rue Tourasse
64500 Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France
Phone; (05) 59 51 12 21
A restaurant that I call ”a whole in the wall”, nothing special just a plain restaurant with no fancy bites at all expect their grilled sardines. Haven’t tried sardines somewhere else, but I’m sure they taste good at any restaurant in Saint-Jean-de-Luz – it’s all about fish and seafood in this picturesque fishing town.

I have never managed to get the same taste when doing them myself, but this good and very tasty recipe. Have passed on the recipe to friends with BBQ and they taste even better. A little note before grilling; add the little water to grill pan, this will prevent any juices from the fish burning on pan base, which causes smoking. Think I have picked up this recipe through “Good Housekeeping” – UK. They have brilliant and idot proven recipes that has been tried and tried and tried and tried and tried … and ……………….. but it could also be a BBC recipe.
Spicy Grilled Sardines with Moroccan Orange Olive Salad, serves 4
16 sardines
4 garlic cloves, crushed
½ tsp hot peppar powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper

1. Mix the garlic with the spices, lemon juice, olive oil and seasoning. Rub the mixture all over the sardines to coat thoroughly and set aside while doing the salad.

Moroccan Orange Olive Salad;
5 oranges, peeled and segment
1 red onion, very thin sliced
16 large black olives
25gr/1oz flat parsley, roughly torn
extra virgin olive oil for drizzling

1. Peel and segment the oranges, discarding all white pith, membrane and pips, place in the bowl with the thinly sliced red onion, torn parsley and black olives. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Drizzle with a little olive oil.
2. Preheat the grill, place the sardines on the rack and grill for about 2-4 min on each side until cooked through. Serve with the salad, some crusty bread and a chilled crispy white.

“If it ain’t barbecue it ain’t food”

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8 thoughts on “spicy hot summer bbq … grilled sardines

    • You’re so welcome !!!! This is really a great dish and when friends that has a BBQ have done it .. wonderful. Taste much better then in my grill pan.

  1. Sounds delicious! I’ve had a grill pan for months now with no idea how to use it. This will definitely help me and my YouTube viewers. Thank you! 😀


  2. I’m drooling at those grilled sardines! Something that I will definitely try when we go camping in France along the coast. 😉

    • Sound lovely …. I will come along – they have good sardines in France and Spain, up here they are okay … but not the same thing as down there.

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