Sardines are underrated. Not only are these tiny fish packed full of nutrients, including Vitamin D and protein, but they are also tasty and meaty. Whenever I see them in a fish market, I buy them. Although I have scaled and gutted them myself, my preference is to have the fishmonger do it for me.
My favorite preparation is an easy one. Simply rinse the sardines under cold water and drizzle with some extra virgin olive oil. Grill them whole – this should only take a few minutes per side, depending on their size. To serve, top with freshly squeezed lemon juice and season with sea salt and fresh cracked pepper. For a light appetizer, garnish with fresh herbs or serve over shaved fennel.