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How to Cook Sardines in the Oven

How to Cook Sardines in the Oven
Fresh sardines are flavorful when baked with herbs and lemon. Photo Credit Lio22/iStock/Getty Images

Sardine is a broad name for several small, oily fishes. They are commonly sold canned but are also available fresh to be grilled, baked, smoked or pickled. Sardine is rich in omega-3 fatty acids as well as protein, calcium, vitamin D and vitamin B12. Since they are low on the food chain, there is a lower risk of mercury poisoning from consuming sardines. Sardine is a popular family fare because of its health benefits and affordability. Being an oily fish sardine keeps well and can be preserved in its own oil.

Step 1

Rinse the sardines under cold water. Scrape off the scales and cut off their heads.

Step 2

Press the juice from half a lemon, and cut the rest into thin slices. Pour the lemon juice over the sardines.

Step 3

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Coat an oven-safe dish with 1 oz. olive oil.

Step 4

Place the thyme sprig and lemon slices on the dish, and put the sardines on top. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

Step 5

Pour the white wine and olive oil on the sardines. Mix the parsley with the breadcrumbs, and sprinkle these over the sardines.

Step 6

Put the sardines in the oven, and bake for 10 minutes. Baste with cooking juice twice while baking. Serve hot.

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