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Crispy Fried Sardines

Today I’m making fried Sardines. It’s a Portuguese influenced dish with my little twist. This recipe is going to be very simple and easy and goes very well with tomato rice, bean rice with salad.

Cooking time 25 minutes

Serve 3


500 grams small Sardines

600ml vegetable Oil to fry

2 large cloves of garlic sliced cut in the middle

2 tbsps or as per your taste Lemon juice

Parsley & Chili flakes for seasoning (optional)

To marinate

0.5 cup Bread Crumbs

0.5 cup all purpose Flour

0.5 tsp Chili powder

1 tsp salt

How to make:

Prepare all the ingredients above.

  1. The Sardines wash and clean them up very well. While the Sardines are still moist. Prepare a simple dry marination. For this, into a bowl add in Breadcrumbs, All purpose flour, Chili powder, Salt and white pepper. Combine them well and marinate the sardine one by one, until it is coated evenly. Keep a side to set for 15 minutes.

  2. Heat a pan on medium low flame. Put in 600ml of Sunflower Oil and Garlic and let it infuse slowly for 4 to 5 minutes and remove it.

  3. Turn the heat over a medium flame. After the oil gets hot. Drop in the Sardine one by one, and fry them until they are golden and crispy. First fry them for 2 minutes without touching and flip them over gently. Keep the heat on medium low then cook it for 4 minutes meanwhile flip them over a couple of times to cook evenly.

  4. After 4 minutes, turn the heat over a medium flame and fry them a minute to make the skin crispier and golden color then Sardines are ready. Remove to a plate with a paper towel. While they are still hot, sprinkle generous amounts of lemon juice.

  5. Enjoy.

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