Lemon Sardines with Cherry Tomatoes

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Prep time: 10 minutes | Cooking time: 10 minutes – GF, DF, P

Serves 4

What you need:

  • 12 fresh sardine fillets
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small red (Spanish) onion, thinly sliced
  • 300g / 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tablespoon coriander (cilantro)leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • Lemon wedges, to serve


  1. Preheat the oven to 180*C (350*F)
  2. Lay the sardines skin-side down on a baking tray. Sprinkle with the lemon zest and salt, then drizzle with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Bake for 10 minutes or until just cooked through.
  3.  Meanwhile, heat the remaining olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the onion and cherry tomatoes and cook, stirring regularly, for 5 minutes or until the onion starts to soften. Remove from the heat and season with freshly ground black pepper.
  4. Lay the sardines on a serving plate, spoon over the tomato mixture, then scatter with coriander leaves and chia seeds and serve immediately with lemon wedges.

Note: Sardines are oily fish that are incredibly nutritious and, because they are small, they are a good clean option, packed with protein, and a rich source of omega-3 and vitamin D. It’s useful to load up on these during winter when we see less of the sun.


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