Smoked Sardines – An exceptional combination of taste and nutrition

Few things are as healthy as sardines when it comes to seafood. Give them an authentic smoky sharpness and let your friends wonder the secret of your health and wellness! Smoked Sardines is one of my favorite fishes because of its rich tender taste and ability to merge well with different cuisines. On top of it, it does not smell overly fishy at all, which makes it a good choice even for fish haters.

  • Recipe: Smoked Sardines
  • Meal course: Main dish
  • Cooking time: 5 hours
  • Cooking appliance: Electric smoker
  • Key equipment: hickory wood chips


  • Sardines – 20-25 (fresh and nicely cleaned)
  • Water – 4cups
  • Kosher salt- as per requirement
  • Bay leaves – 5
  • Onion – 1 (finely chopped)
  • Honey – ½ cup
  • Garlic – 2 cloves (crushed)
  • Peppercorns – 2 tablespoons
  • Parsley – ½ cup (chopped)


  • Remove the guts from the sardines and clean them carefully.
  • Take a large cooking pot and mix all the above-mentioned ingredients and boil them until the mixture bubbles. Add sardines to the pot once the solutions cool and marinate them in a refrigerator for at least 8 to 10 hours.
  • Once marinated perfectly, wash them quickly with cold water and pat them dry. Smoke them for at least 5 hours at a lower temperature of about 150F.

Smoky sardines are now ready to be savored!

Master Chef’s tips

Smoked sardines can be preserved for months if you immerse them in oil after cutting their heads off. Even an airtight plastic bag is enough to keep them preserved for weeks inside a fridge.


Smoked sardines add variety to your meals as you can simply have them with a bowl of boiled rice or soup. Their inert nutritional properties make them ideal to be included in your daily diets.

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