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By Alex Allan on 19/06/23 | Recipes

Recipe: Barbecued Harissa Sardines

These small fish are packed with nutrients that can be beneficial in the prevention of quite a few health conditions. Some of these nutrients are known to help prevent heart disease or may protect against certain cancers.

Sardines are sometimes recommended for pregnant women and older adults. They contain calcium and omega-3 fats.

Serves 8


8 sardines (or mackerel fillets)

1 heaped tbsp harissa paste

extra virgin olive oil

juice of 2 lemons

natural yoghurt, to serve

chopped coriander and parsley (optional)


  • Mix the harissa paste in a bowl with a glug of olive oil and the juice of one lemon. 
  • Gently massage the mixture into each fish. Place on the barbecue and cook for a minute or two on each side, brushing with more harrissa if desired. Turn the sardines very gently. 
  • You can tell if they are cooked if you can pinch the flesh from the thickest part fairly easily. 
  • Put all the fish on a platter, scatter with fresh herbs, a large squeeze of lemon and bowl of natural yoghurt with a dollop of harissa in the middle.
  • Enjoy!

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