Grilled Sardines

  • Servings: 3-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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A classic summer dish of nutritious Sardines, marinated in garlic, lemon and herbs and grilled.

042½ kg fresh sardines, cleaned, scaled and gutted
2-3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp paprika
½ black pepper powder
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
2 stems of spring onions, finely chopped
half cup fresh flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
2 tbsp coriander leaves, finely chopped
lemon wedges
sea salt to taste
1 cup extra virgin olive oil


Clean the sardines thoroughly, pat dry inside and out.

In a bowl, mix lemon juice, paprika, black pepper powder, minced garlic, sea salt, parsley, coriander, spring onions and extra virgin olive oil. Whisk everything together and add sardines. Toss all ingredients together and keep aside.

Heat grill or lit barbecue and arrange marinated sardines on grill. Pour remaining marinade over the sardines and grill until fish are cooked and nicely charred. Grill for 2-3 minutes on each side.

Remove from grill and serve warm with lemon wedges.

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Garlic Mushrooms on Skewers

  • Servings: 3-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Mushrooms marinated with garlic and herbs, skewered and barbecued.

03915-20 baby mushrooms
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil/ vegetable oil
2 garlic cloves, crushed
½ tsp black pepper powder
2 tbsp fresh thyme, finely chopped
2 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Salt to taste.
Bamboo skewers, soaked in water


Mix crushed garlic, olive oil, black pepper powder, thyme, parsley and balsamic vinegar in a large non-metallic bowl. Add salt, if necessary.

Add mushrooms to the mix and marinate for 10 minutes. Later thread onto skewers.

Brush the grill with little oil. Arrange skewers on the grid of the grill and brush with remaining marinade in between. 

Grill them for 8-10 minutes until mushrooms are tender and charred on all sides.

Sprinkle some parsley on top and serve hot.

Grilled Brussel Sprouts

  • Servings: 4-5
  • Difficulty: easy
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Brussel sprouts marinated in ground pepper, lemon juice and barbecued.

03820-25 brussel sprouts, washed, any loose outer leaves removed
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
½ tsp black pepper powder
¼  tsp cayenne pepper
2 tbsp lemon juice
½ cup water
Salt to taste
Parmesan cheese shavings, to garnish
Bamboo/metal skewers, soaked in water


Wash brussel sprouts. Remove any discoloured leaves. Cut in half or use whole and place in a steamer.

Steam brussel sprouts for five minutes. Once done, remove them and keep aside to cool.

In a large bowl, mix 2 tbsp olive oil , black pepper powder, cayenne pepper and lemon juice along with steamed sprouts. Mix well using hands. Add salt to taste.

Thread the marinated brussel sprouts onto skewers.

Preheat grill to high. Arrange skewers on preheated barbecue, grill sprouts until slightly charred on all sides for about 4-5 minutes.  Keep turning while cooking.

Once done garnish with shaved parmesan cheese and serve hot.