Yesterday at the market they had sardines for about $5.50 a kg, okay so I had to clean & gut them but I figured even with 2 kids in tow I could give it a go and knowing how much Hafid LOVES them I figured it was worth the effort. $5 got us 28 of the little suckers!
The fish monger showed me how to clean them and I used that one as my guideline. It really wasn’t as hard or as disgusting as I thought it would be, I was very thorough though and removed the poo tube as well.
Gave them a good rinse and put them back in the fridge until dinner time.
Sardines are a wonderful fish especially if you can get them fresh and these little babies were so fresh, their eyes were lovely and clear – crystal in fact – which is the sign of a fresh fish and they smelt lovely and salty like the ocean. Again another good indicator of freshness.
Because they’re so delicious & fresh I went with the simple way to cook them, I made some chips (still trying to master them – I think it’s all in the spuds but that’s another post) a salad and the sardines.
You will need:
Fresh sardines 1kg was enough for us (2 adults & 2 kids)
1/2 cup plain flour
2 tsp salt, ground cumin & paprika
Oil for frying.
I promise, hand on my heart our 2 children loved them, Zachie is 3 1/2 & Sophia is 15 mths and they had a field day, I did remove them from the bones for them, but if you’re game you can just nibble away and all you’re left with is the bones in the middle.
I will try to make a video or at least photo’s of how to clean a sardine, because we’ll be having these again!