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Deep-Fried Sardines

Deep-fried food is not something to indulge in – but once in a while, there’s nothing better to treat ourselves than some golden, crispy fried fish. If you’re looking for a break from cod, try sardines.

Serves: 4 | Preparation time: 20 mins | Cooking time: 4 mins

  • Sardines: 1 kg
  • Lemons: ½
  • Plain flour: as needed
  • Salt: to taste
  • Seed oil, for frying


Clean the sardines by removing the head and the innards.

Tip: If you can, ask your fishmonger to clean the sardines for you – it will save you a lot of time!

Rinse the sardines under cold running water and put them in a colander to dry slightly.

Put the flour in a shallow plate. Coat the sardines in flour and make sure to shake them slightly so that only a very thin layer of flour sticks to the sardines.

Heat up the oil and deep-fry the sardines in small batches. Remove them from the oil with a skimmer and put them on a plate lined with kitchen paper to absorb as much oil as possible.

Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and serve warm, garnished with a slice of lemon.

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