Grilled Sardines


Sardines are packed with tons of nutrients, including omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D and calcium. And on the grill, they’re especially delicious.

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes
  • Total Time: 36 minutes


Olive oil
Lemon juice


  1. Rinse and gut the sardines under cold running water. Combine the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and paprika (to taste) in a bowl. Place the sardines in a separate bowl and coat with the mixture.
  2. Let marinate for 30 minutes. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Cook the sardines for 5 to 6 minutes, turning once.


  • Canned sardines are a lower maintenance option than fresh sardines. Look for them packed in olive oil as opposed to soybean oil. If fat is a concern, you can also find sardines packed in water or tomato sauce.
  • Sardines may be eaten straight out of the can or mixed with mustard and mayonnaise for a tuna salad substitute. For a protein boost, toss sardines on top of a salad or homemade pizza.
From the Kitchen of:
Jayna Hartig, M.S., health coach

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