Spicy Fried Sardines Recipe

Spicy Fried Sardines Recipes

Ingredients :

oil, for deep-frying

125g plain flour

750g large, fresh sardines, scaled, cleaned and gutted

4 tbsp olive oil

5 shallots, sliced

125ml white wine vinegar

4 garlic cloves, crushed and chopped

large handful of mint leaves, finely chopped

grated rind and juice of 1 lemon

1/2 tsp crushed dried chilies

salt and pepper

Method :
  1. Heat the oil for deep-frying to 350-375F or until a cube of bread browns in 30 seconds.

  2. Season the flour with salt and pepper.

  3. Dip the sardines into the seasoned flour and fry in the hot oil for 2 minutes, or until golden.

  4. Remove and place on a tray lined with kitchen paper to absorb the excess oil, keep warm.

  5. Heat 1 tbsp of the olive oil in a saucepan.

  6. Add the shallots and fry over a low heat for 5 minutes, then add the vinegar and cook until nearly half of it has evaporated.

  7. Transfer the sardines to a warmed serving dish.

  8. Add the remaining olive oil, the garlic, mint, lemon rind and juice and chilies to the shallot mixture and cook for 1 minute.

  9. Spoon the sauce over the sardines and season to taste with salt and pepper.

  10. Ready to serve.

Serves 4

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