How to Cook Sardines

Tonight’s dinner was simple and quick. I cooked up some sardines (I got my fish in Chinatown) in butter and served them alongside some veggies, roots, and miso-tahini dressing. Macrobiotic? For me it is! It’s really all about balance.

Maggie’s Simple Sardines

Ingredients (1 serving)

  • 3 whole sardines
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  1. Prep the sardines – cut off the heads and gut them. I promise, this is really easy! Run a slit down the belly and just pull out the gross stuff. Rinse them in water and try to wipe off the loose scales.
  2. Heat the butter in a pan over medium-high heat. Saute the sardines on each side for 2-3 minutes. You can put a cover over them and cook for another couple of minutes if you’re not sure they’re cooked through.
  3. Eat! You don’t have to worry too much about the little bones – those ones are digestible. Just don’t eat the backbone and the bigger rib-like bones.

My veggies included kabocha, purple sweet potato, spinach, burdock, and daikon. The miso-tahini dressing on top is delicious.

My boss ordered lunch for us today from New York Burger Company and I got the “Tropical Grilled Chicken” salad. It was a garden salad topped with grilled chicken, perfectly ripe avocado, fresh mangoes, dried cranberries, and a few stray chickpeas. I used the yogurt-dill dressing and it was absolutely divine. I don’t think I could have asked for a more perfect salad… not to mention the sweet potato fries that rocked my socks.

Happy almost Tuesday!

8 Replies to “How to Cook Sardines”

  1. wow, i’ve never made sardines before! your new blog looks AMAZING! and i love the premise! spread the body love! and i’ll be interested in hearing about how you and kate feel about your appearances! i know i struggle with mine!

  2. you are rockin’ the fish dishes this week girlie! LOVE It and I love your (and Kate’s) new project!

    great fun!

    I am dying to try your miso-tahini dressing. why I should make some tonight!

  3. I love love love sardines but have never had them cooked before. I usually just eat them right out of their little tin 🙂

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