|Preparation time||15 min|
|Cooking Time||15 min|
|Ready In||30 min|
|Level of Difficulty||Very Easy|
Portuguese grilled sardines are a traditional and popular dish in Portugal, especially during the summer months. The sardines are typically caught in the Atlantic Ocean and grilled over an open flame, often on a charcoal grill.
To prepare the sardines, they are cleaned and gutted, then seasoned with coarse salt and sometimes a little bit of olive oil. They are then grilled for just a few minutes on each side until they are crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.
Sardines are often served on a bed of roasted peppers and accompanied by a side of boiled potatoes or bread. This dish is commonly enjoyed with a glass of cold white wine or a refreshing beer.
In Portugal, there is a popular festival called the Feast of St. Anthony, which is celebrated on June 13th and is dedicated to the patron saint of Lisbon. During this festival, grilled sardines are a staple food, and people gather to eat and celebrate in the streets.
Grilled sardines are not only delicious but also a healthy choice, as they are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B12, and vitamin D.
- Preheat the grill to high heat.
- In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil and minced garlic.
- Season the sardines with salt and pepper, then brush them generously with the garlic oil.
- Place the sardines on the grill and cook for 3-4 minutes per side, until they are browned and crispy.
- Serve the grilled sardines with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, a sprinkle of chopped parsley, and additional salt and pepper to taste.
- Enjoy with a side of crusty bread and a glass of chilled Vinho Verde or another Portuguese white wine.
Note: This recipe can also be made with other small, whole fish such as mackerel or anchovies.