crispy sardines with lemon and mint

  • 1kg sardines, cleaned and heads removed
  • ¼ cup finely grated lemon rind 
  • ¼ cup (60ml) olive oil 
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed 
  • 1 tablespoon chopped mint leaves 
  • sea salt and cracked black pepper 
  • 1 cup (150g) plain (all-purpose) flour 
  • olive oil, extra, for shallow frying 
  • lemon wedges, to serve
  1. Place the sardines, lemon rind, olive oil, garlic, mint, salt and pepper in a bowl and toss to coat. Set sardines aside to marinate for 30 minutes. Dust the sardines in the flour. 
  2. Heat a large non-stick frying pan over high heat, add 1 cm of the extra oil and cook the sardines, in batches, for 1 minute each side or until golden and crispy. Serve with the lemon wedges. Serves 4.
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