Fresh sardines, Naples style

Fresh sardines, Naples style


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About this recipe: Fresh sardines are fried to a crispy golden brown, and drizzled with a garlic and white wine vinaigrette then topped off with a sprinkling of fresh mint leaves. Serve this starter with a good white wine.


Serves: 4 

  • 1kg fresh sardines
  • 120g plain flour
  • 180ml olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 250ml white vinegar
  • 250ml white wine
  • 15g fresh mint leaves

Prep:30min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:45min 

  1. Prepare the sardines by removing the heads and back bones. Rinse and pat dry. Dredge in flour, shaking off any excess.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, fry the sardines a few at a time until brown and crispy. Remove to a large serving plate, and keep warm.
  3. In another pan over medium heat, heat a bit of the oil. Add garlic, and cook for about half a minute. Add the wine and vinegar, and allow the mixture to simmer, stirring occasionally. When the liquid has reduced by about half, pour the sauce over the sardines, and sprinkle with fresh mint. Let stand for about 1 hour before serving to allow the fish to marinate.

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