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 Comments on How to Cook Sardines

  1. Tiffany @ A Dantat's Life
    15 March, 2010 at 10:20 pm (7 years ago)

    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. Janet (Pantry Bites)
    16 March, 2010 at 2:37 am (7 years ago)

    Have you tried spreading sardines on toast with Tabasco sauce? It’s an acquired taste but really delicious.

  3. Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear
    16 March, 2010 at 6:33 am (7 years ago)

    Hmh.. I’ve never made sardines either but I’m getting curious about them because they’re all over the blogworld this week 🙂

  4. Mallory
    16 March, 2010 at 12:07 pm (7 years ago)

    i am SO trying these sardines!!!!!!! i have been wanting to try and now i know what to do with the lil suckers!!!!!!!

  5. Cindy
    16 March, 2010 at 7:01 pm (7 years ago)

    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!

  6. Ashlei
    20 March, 2010 at 9:57 pm (7 years ago)

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