Barbecued sardines with rocket and lemon salsa recipe

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Triple tested: Pretend you're in the Med with the fabulous taste of fresh sardines livened up with rocket and lemon Brought to you by Essentials magazine

  • healthy
Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories365 Kcal18%
Fat22 g31%
Saturated Fat6 g30%

Triple tested: Pretend you're in the Med with the fabulous taste of fresh sardines livened up with rocket and lemon. Brought to you by Essentials magazine


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  • 12 fresh sardines, cleaned and kept whole
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • Lemon wedges, to garnish

For the salsa

  • Zest of 2 lemons, juice of 1
  • 1tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 sprigs thyme, leaves only
  • Small bunch parsley, finely chopped
  • 50g wild rocket, finely chopped, plus extra to garnish
  • 4 spring onions, finely sliced




  1. Season the sardines and brush with 1tbsp oil. Barbecue for 2-3 mins on each side depending on size, until cooked.
  2. Meanwhile, in a bowl, mix together all the salsa ingredients and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  3. Transfer the sardines to a warm platter, spoon over the salsa and serve immediately
    with the lemon wedges.