Salt-grilled sardines with Portuguese salad

Salt-grilled sardines with Portuguese salad
  • 0:20 Prep
  • 0:35 Cook
  • 4 Servings
  • Capable cooks

Lisbon’s favourite open-air meal is sardinhas grelhadas served with a simple, colourful salad of grilled capsicum, tomato and potato. Sardines are at their best in summer, grilled outside and eaten in the sunshine.

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  • 2 large potatoes, peeled, cut into 2cm pieces
  • 1 tablespoon hot smoked paprika (pimenton: see Notes)
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) olive oil, plus extra to brush
  • 1 red capsicum
  • 1 yellow capsicum
  • 2 tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 red onion, halved, thinly sliced
  • Handful of coriander sprigs
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 8-12 fresh sardines, cleaned (ask your fishmonger to do this)
  • 1 lemon, quartered


  • Step 1
    Preheat the oven to 180C. Cook the potatoes in a pan of simmering salted water for 8-10 minutes until almost tender, then drain well.
  • Step 2
    Toss potatoes with paprika and 1 tablespoon oil. Season and spread on a large lined baking tray, then roast for 20 minutes or until golden.
  • Step 3
    Meanwhile, heat a chargrill pan or barbecue on medium-high heat. Brush the capsicums with a little extra olive oil and grill or barbecue for 4-5 minutes, turning, until the skin blisters. Set aside in a bowl and cover in plastic wrap. When cool enough to handle, peel and cut into strips.
  • Step 4
    Place in a bowl with the cooked potatoes, then toss with tomatoes, onion, coriander, lemon juice and remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Step 5
    Increase the chargrill pan or barbecue heat to high. Brush the sardines and the grill with a little more oil to help prevent sticking. Sprinkle the sardines with 1 teaspoon sea salt – the soft-flaked variety is best – then cook the sardines for 2-3 minutes each side until the skin is scorched and bubbling.
  • Step 6
    Divide the sardines among plates, then top with the salad and serve with lemon.


  • 1194 kj


  • 18g

    Fat Total

  • 3g

    Saturated Fat

  • 13g


  • 28.15mg


  • 5g

    Carbs (sugar)

  • 16g

    Carbs (total)

All nutrition values are per serve


Pimenton is available gourmet food shops and delis.

  • Author: Jill Dupleix
  • Image credit: Steve Brown
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