Baked Sardines with Oranges and Mint

Summer keeps taunting us here Up the Mountain. And then the grey and dismal part of Spring rears its head again. A bit like me, the weather has been neither here nor there.


Time for some summer cooking, we dragged out the barbecue ready to grill some sardines and pretend we were on the beach. Of course, in typical English weather fashion, the wind whipped up, the grey clouds sailed overhead and it all went pear shaped. Oh well, we turned on the oven which also took the chill off the house and all was well.

Ingredients to serve 2 as a main course or 4 as a starter

  • About half a kilo of sardines, descaled and gutted
  • One orange halved and thinly sliced
  • Sprigs of mint
  • Salt
  • Olive oil
  • Smoked Pimentón

Simply place your sardines (or you could use herring or mackerel) in an ovenproof dish and place slices of orange and sprigs of mint between them. You could stuff them if you prefer.  Sprinkle with salt and pimentón, drizzle a little oil over and any juices from the orange.


Bake on high for about 15 minutes until the juices from the sardines run clear. And at least you won’t have to worry about sand in your shoes….


47 thoughts on “Baked Sardines with Oranges and Mint

  1. This looks utterly gorgeous!!! Simple, but a fabulous combination of flavours… I never would have thought of orange and mint with fish, thanks for sharing!

  2. Looks delicious, (we can get mackerel here but not sardines, which I love too), even if you had to turn to the oven, exactly as we had to here as we were rained off a BBQ last weekend, thanks.

  3. That looks lovely–like a painting. The better half loves sardines! I’m waiting for the sun to pop out today. so far, no luck.

  4. I do wish fresh sardines were more available here…that looks lovely!
    Know what you mean about the weather – in the space of 5 days, we went from having the heat on in the house to kids playing in the sprinkler…so odd this year!

  5. This is mopreish, this is easy, this looks good, this is healthy and I DO like the smoked pimenton touch! Weather – let’s not talk abouit it: first day of our winter and raining buckets!!!!! But at least we both are not in Oklahoma!!!!!

  6. I thought you’dd have some nice weather there 😦
    Oh well, I had some lovely Cornish sardines last week – now you’ve made me want more, though I’ll wait for the barbecue – the smell of griddled sardines wouldn’t leave the kitchen for a week 😉

  7. I can’t quite wrap my head around this one… mint and orange with fishies? I’ll have to try it – my local grocer has just recently started to carry sardines. I do love ’em… and boy do I have mint at the moment!! Mmm….

    1. I think I’d been influenced by north African flavours, have been reading Moroccan recipes! Works well – the salty sardines, the sweet oranges and the tangy mint!

  8. This recipe fascinates me….!
    I have a mint-plant on the balcony , some oranges in the fridge and a fishmonger at the corner of my house : next Monday I’ll buy the sardines!
    Thank you , Chica !

  9. That new fish lady appears to be on her toes there…those sardines look like they could flip if you poked them! Lovely rustic food, huge vats of delicious wine to quaff and all the time in the world to potter around, heaven appears to have set up home in Spain 😉

    1. Yes, she’s got quite a range of stuff, and even though she reaches us towards the end of her round, there’s still lots of choice and super fresh. And 3 times a week…how great is that! At least now we know what time she gets here, we can get the bbq fired up and the wine chilled and waiting 🙂

  10. I’m not at all familiar with fresh sardines, Tanya. I’ve only seen them once in the past year. I do like the idea, though, of roasting/grilling them with orange slices. Such a great change from fish with lemon. I have to keep looking for them. This is a dish Zia would love! 🙂

    1. I guess where you are, they probably don’t travel that well 😦 I do have to confess to a great fondness for tinned sardines too…they taste different but oh so good! Hope the visit went well, am just off to read your blog now.

  11. Sardines seem to divide our household (some think that they make the house smell for days, others love them so much they’ll have them for lunch on toast). This dish looks as beautiful as I’m sure it tastes and would probably unite everyone here on the sardine front!

  12. ¡Qué rico Tanya! Ya sé que estoy desaparecida…la verdad es que no sé dónde se va el día, pero cada noche pienso: mañana me pondré al día con la lectura de mis blogs favoritos. Y mañana llega y nada! Soy un desastre…
    Espero que estéis muy bien, un saludo

    1. La vida con tú familia es muchísimo más importante que el mundo de “blogging”! No eres un desastre, eres una mujer increíble ¡(y no lo olvides)!

  13. Why oh why are fresh sardines so hard to find in the U.S.? These look absolutely fabulous and remind me of so many great sardine dishes I’ve had around Europe.

    I love the combination of orange and smoked pimento.

  14. I have to admit that sardines aren’t the first choice for me as far as fish are concerned, maybe because we can’t get them fresh. Yours look so beautiful nestled amongst the orange and mint…I think I would love them!

  15. Hasn’t this spring been dreadful? Not what we expect around the Mediterranean. But at last the weather seems to be improving and this cheerful looking dish is just what we need. It looks delicious!

  16. I haven’t seen fresh sardines in our market but your recipe using other fish sounds great. I think the mint and orange sounds wonderful. This has been the strangest spring…lots of rain, temps in the 50’s and 60’s and very windy.

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