GRILLED SARDINES WITH LEMON, GARLIC AND PAPRIKA
3 medium garlic cloves, finely minced
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup fresh juice from about 2 lemons
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
500 g fresh sardines, cleaned, scaled and gutted
fine sea salt, or Kosher salt
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
lemon wedges, for serving
Combine the garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, paprika, and black pepper in a small bowl and whisk well to combine. Arrange the sardines in a single layer on the bottom of a shallow baking dish and pour the marinade over the fish. Turn the fish to ensure they are coated evenly, and spoon some of the marinade into the cavity of each fish. Set aside to marinate for 30 minutes.
Set all of the burners on a gas grill to the highest heat setting, cover, and preheat for 10 minutes. Clean and oil the grilling grate. Remove the sardines from the marinade and grill over direct heat until well-charred, 2 to 3 minutes. Using a metal spatula or fish turner, flip the sardines over and grill until charred on second side and cooked through, about 2 minutes longer. Transfer the sardines to a large platter and season with salt. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve with lemon wedges.
Photo: Martie Fourie Moolman