Sardines at a BBQ? This delicious recipe could make it work 10 months ago

Sardines at a BBQ? This delicious recipe could make it work

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Ahead of his appearance at Guinness X Meatopia, Tony Davidson gave us this delicious, unique Curry Marinated Sardines recipe

Seafood at a BBQ? There's nothing fishy about it!

There's only so much beef or chicken dishes BBQ goers can handle this summer. Surprise your guests with a welcome break from beef. Your event is guaranteed to stand out from the crowd!

It's easy to make, and bound to wow guests. If you want to learn more about how it's done, Tony Davidson will be at Guinness X Meatopia to give you the lowdown.


  • sardines cleaned scaled and gutted- 6
  • pot yoghurt- 1
  • lemons- 2
  • Curry Powder- 1 tbsp 
  • Ground Coriander- 1 tbsp
  • Ground Cumin- 1 tbsp
  • Garam Masala- 1 tbsp
  • Paprika- 1 tbsp
  • Turmeric- 1 tbsp
  • Salt and pepper to season 
  • Rapeseed oil- 50ml 


  1. Mix curry powder, ground coriander, ground cumin, Garam Masala, paprika and turmeric together. 
  2. Place sardines in a bowlSeason and cover in rapeseed oil 
  3. Rub spice mix onto fish covering completely.  
  4. Leave to marinate for 30 minutes to an hour. 
  5. Mix lemon juice and zest with yoghurt. 
  6. Set aside until ready to serve 
  7. Grill sardines for 2/3 mins each side depending on size.  
  8. Serve with spoonful of lemon yoghurt.  

 Chef's top tips

Where does the home cook tend to go wrong with this dish?

Be gentle gutting and cleaning the sardines not to tear the flesh, try not to overcook your fish. Sardines require very little cooking.  

What are your top tips to perfect this dish?

I like to finish the sardines in a little clarified butter before taking them from the grill.  

Is barbecue/live fire better than the oven?

Sardines are perfect for the BBQ. The charcoal adds another level of flavour and I really think the BBQ helps bring out the spice.  

And once the home cook has mastered this recipe, what tweaks could be made?

You can play around with different spice mixes. I also used a curried butter. Making your own yoghurt is also very satisfying.  

What beer would you pair with this recipe?

Guinness Rye Pale Ale – the citrus hop flavour will balance beautifully with the curry, while the cracked black pepper finish on the beer will complement the more briny nature of the sardines. 

GUINNESS X MEATOPIA will take place at the Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Dublin, on Friday 5 July 2019 (6pm to 10pm), Saturday 6 July 2019 (2pm to 10pm) and Sunday 7 July 2019 (1pm to 7pm). Tickets starting at €59.50. All ticket prices include access to GUINNESS X MEATOPIA, as well as five unique dishes paired with five perfectly matched taster beers, and a choice of a pint of one of the beers available only for the weekend. Enjoy Guinness sensibly.

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