Sardines tend to be an overlooked fish but they are a good choice for a healthy diet and as a sustainably fished species. This recipe needs the freshest, highest quality sardines you can find.
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 long red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
4 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper
8 sardines, gutted and gilled
good handful parsley, finely chopped
1. Get the barbecue grill good and hot. In a small bowl, mix the garlic, chilli, olive oil, salt and pepper, brush generously over the sardines and put the fish on the hot grill. As they cook, the skin will char and release from the grill, so be patient and don't turn them over before they are ready, or they will stick.
2. Turn them when ready and cook on the other side until they char. Remove from grill and put on a serving plate.
3. Finely zest the lemon over the top, garnish with parsley, and serve immediately.
Serving suggestion: our charred zucchini and burrata.