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Portuguese Sardines with Spring Herbs

Posted on September 4, 2008 by in seafood

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Fish is good for you…we all know that. The learned people also say that the smaller the fish you eat the better it is for you. Smaller fish have not been exposed to harmful chemicals such as mercury for as long as the bigger fish have been. For more information in this regard, go to this website.

Sardines is so good for you, packed with Omega 3 and 6 oils,calcium and Vit. D and phosphorous. It is a hugely underrated fish and most people do not know that you can get them fresh and not only in a can.

My husband’s favorite sandwich is a sardine and fresh onion sandwich on super white bread. I found these Portuguese sardines at the fishmonger and although they are not from our local waters, they were dirt cheap and a very tasty meal. I simply cleaned and gutted them, made a few cuts in each fish and stuffed it with my Herb Butter. I baked it in a fairly hot oven until cooked and served it with crusty bread to mop up all the lovely butter.

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22 Responses to “Portuguese Sardines with Spring Herbs”

  1. kat 4 September 2008 at 6:33 pm #

    such a wonderful simple idea. we really need to eat more fish around here.

  2. Darius T. Williams 4 September 2008 at 10:18 pm #

    Herbs, yes! Those little bug eyed fishies, um, no! LOL…


  3. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen 4 September 2008 at 11:03 pm #

    Believe it or not I have never ever seen fresh sardines (or anchovies!)…:(

    I see them on blogs all the time and just drool. They look great!

  4. Kevin 5 September 2008 at 4:34 am #

    I still haven’t tried sardines yet. These look good all stuffed with herbs.

  5. That Girl 5 September 2008 at 7:03 am #

    I eat animals, but it gives me the willies when they look back at me.

  6. Rose&Thorn 5 September 2008 at 7:38 am #

    I’m going to our fishmonger today, I hope they still have some left for me! I just have to have this.

  7. mikky 5 September 2008 at 11:01 am #

    wow… simply lovely… 🙂

  8. Maryann 5 September 2008 at 11:18 am #

    I love how you stuffed them. You’re so clever!
    Maryann xox

  9. Heather 5 September 2008 at 5:04 pm #

    That is a gorgeous photo! The hoity-toity grocery near me has fresh sardines – I should try to score some.

  10. Proud Italian Cook 5 September 2008 at 5:23 pm #

    Such pretty little things! and you dress them oh so well!

  11. Pam 5 September 2008 at 7:16 pm #

    My parents love sardines. I ate them a lot when I was a kid. I’ll have to try this recipe the next time I cook for my parents.

  12. glamah16 5 September 2008 at 10:58 pm #

    Oh I wish I could acess fresh sardines. They really are wonderful. Inever realized the smaller the fish , the better it i, but it makes sense. Beautiful shot.

  13. Emiline 6 September 2008 at 6:21 am #

    Yum. I’ve got to try sardines. I’ve never had them before!

  14. [eatingclub] vancouver || js 6 September 2008 at 8:15 am #

    I love these oily fishies. If only sardines were more available here. . .They look spectacular!

  15. Nina Timm 6 September 2008 at 3:29 pm #

    kat – we all should eat more fish, I agree!!!

    darius – it really is not that bad!

    jenndz – I feel that way about scallops…we simply do not get them here!!!

    kevin – that is a sad state of affairs, Kevin!!!

    that girl – my hubby feels the same!!!

    rose – I’m sure he will have, although I got mine in Bellville!

    mikky – thanks for your visit and your comment!

    maryann – I try, I try!!!

    heather – thanks, I hope you are in luck!!!

    proud italian cook – thanks!!!

    pam – I’m sure they will love this!!!

    glamah – I am glad I could teach you something!!!

    emiline – you do not know what you are missing!

    (eatingclub)vancouver – thank you… it is such a simple dish, but the taste is sublime!!!

  16. Kim 6 September 2008 at 4:30 pm #

    I use to eat sardines as a youngster and haven’t had them in ages, great dish you brought to the party!

  17. noobcook 8 September 2008 at 3:15 pm #

    They look so perfectly baked … how beautiful ^^

  18. Jeanne 8 September 2008 at 5:25 pm #

    What a lovely, simple idea. I adore cooking whole fish – people think it’s somehow tricky but it really couldn’t be easier, or more impressive to serve. These look just divine 🙂

  19. Peter M 8 September 2008 at 9:06 pm #

    Sardines, one the best (if not the best) fish out there!

  20. Cynthia 8 September 2008 at 9:42 pm #

    Nina, you should be locked up for wickedly taunting us with these big, bold, beautiful food porn pictures!

  21. Nina Timm 9 September 2008 at 7:45 am #

    kim – O love the fact that something so tasty can be so good for you!

    noobcook – thank you!

    jeanne – My hubby somehow does not like the idea of something looking back at him while he eats, but the family actually enjoyed this…

    peter m – aahhh, its nice to see you name back in my comments.

    cynthia – oh my goodness, can innocent me be accused of such sin!!!!Glad you like my photos though.

  22. Anonymous 19 February 2009 at 3:33 pm #

    I´m portuguese going to cape town in 3 weeks time… I would love to “brai” them for my girlfriend and her family portuguese style… Can you please send the shop location and address?

    many thanks,

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