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Appetizers, Fish and Shellfish

Sardines broiled with mustard breadcrumbs

Sardines broiled with mustard breadcrumbs
Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

Though most people are familiar only with canned sardines, the fresh ones are an entirely different fish -- small and rich, with a pronounced flavor that's like a more assertive tuna. With the current passion for big rusticated flavors, it's ... Read more

Total time: 30 minutes | Serves 4 to 6
  • 2 pounds sardines, cleaned
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 cup fresh fine breadcrumbs
  • Olive oil

Step 1Preheat the broiler. Season the sardines generously on both sides. Arrange them on a plate and brush the skin side liberally with the mustard. Place the breadcrumbs in a wide bowl and press the skin sides of the sardines into the breadcrumbs to make a sturdy coating.

Step 2Arrange the sardines breaded-side up on a broiler pan, drizzle the breadcrumbs lightly with olive oil and broil until the breadcrumbs are well-browned and the fish is bubbling hot, 4 to 6 minutes. Serve immediately.


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