fried sardines

Fried Sardines

Everything I ate on my recent trip to the Basque country was incredible, including these simple fried sardines we enjoyed in San Sebastian. Nothing beats fresh ingredients enhanced with good olive oil, garlic, a little salt and pepper and a squeeze of lemon. Add good company and a glass of wine and you’re all set!

8 fresh sardines, heads removed and gutted
salt and pepper
flour for dredging
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
olive oil for frying
lemon wedges

Slice the sardines lengthwise along the underside from head to tail, clean the cavity and remove the heads.

Heat enough oil to cover the bottom of a skillet but 1/4 inch.

Season the sardines with salt and pepper then lightly dredge them in the flour, shaking off the excess. Add the sardines to the hot oil and deep fry for 2 minutes on one side, until golden. Add the sliced garlic, turn the fish over and cook for 2 minutes on the other side.

Drain on paper towels and serve immediately with lemon wedges.

Serves 4 as an appetizer

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