Fried Sardines

Preparation info
    • Difficulty


Appears in
Max’s Sandwich Book

By Max Halley and Ben Benton

Published 2018

  • About

If you have ever been to Istanbul or the fun end of the Golborne Road, you will understand that a fried sardine in a sandwich is a very special thing. The rich, oily flesh of the fish, a lightly spiced dusting of flour, a good frying for some crunch... it is too much, too good.


  • 4 filleted sardines, don’t try and do this yourself
  • 75 g plain flour
  • Zest of 1


In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, lemon zest, paprika and salt. Mix well with your hands before dredging the sardines in the mixture. Shake off the excess.

Get your oil hot in a large frying pan. Lay the sardines in the oil carefully so as not to splash hot oil on your hands, and fry for 1 minute on each side. You want a nice crispy layer to form. When cooked, lay on some paper towel