Super Easy Sardines!
If you're anything like us, you might have grown up in a fish stick kind of a house. If so, then preparing whole fish might seem a bit intimidating, but trust us - it's not! With this recipe, you'll be a pro in no time...
1/2 cup bread crumbs
2 tablespoons Italian Seasoning (or a few shakes of garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, basil, and red pepper flakes)
Juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup olive oil
Using the back of a knife, run along the skin of the fish from the tail to the head, removing any scales. Using kitchen shears or a sharp knife, cut off the head of the fish (its ok to leave it on too!) and then cut directly down the belly, almost to the tail. Scoop out the innards and rinse the cavity until the beige flesh shows without blood. And finally, cut off the fins. Salt the fish generously both inside and out and set aside - preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
In a bowl mix the bread crumbs and seasoning, then sprinkle in the lemon juice, a pinch of sea salt and the olive oil. The mixture should be crumbly, but not pasty, so stop adding liquid if it starts to get too sticky.
Place the sardines in a metal pan that has been generously oiled with olive oil. Stuff the sardines with a bit of the bread crumb mixture and sprinkle the rest on and around the fish.
Cook for 10 minutes, and then carefully turn the fish over and place back in the oven for another 10-15 minutes. The fish should feel a bit firm to the touch when it is ready. To eat - use your fork to gently pull the skin and flesh off the sardines, leaving the little bones behind. Don't you feel healthier, smarter and more attractive already?