Marinated and Broiled Sardines Recipe

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Marinated and Broiled Sardines Recipe

[Photographs: Chichi Wang]

  • Yield:4 to 6 as an appetizer
  • Active time: 20 minutes
  • Total time:2 hours and 20 minutes


  • About a dozen sardines, or three per portion, cleaned and gutted
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice wine
  • One 2-inch piece of ginger, washed and thinly sliced
  • Sections of lemon, for squeezing over the fish


  1. 1.

    Blot sardines on paper towels to remove excess moisture.

  2. 2.

    In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine salt, sugar, soy sauce, rice wine, and ginger. Line up sardines on a platter and pour marinade on top, distributing liquid evenly. Cover platter with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to one day.

  3. 3.

    When ready to serve, turn on the broiler in oven and pat fish dry with paper towels. Line fish on a pan or skillet. Drizzle olive oil over the skins. Broil until skins are lightly brown and flesh has just begun to flake, about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from broiler and squeeze on lemon juice, if desired. Serve immediately.