Sardines (Sardela)

Sardines Baked in Tomato and Garlic Sauce
Patricia Vasos
  • Sardines Baked in Tomato and Garlic Sauce
  • Description
    Sardines Baked in Tomato and Garlic Sauce Deliciously prepared fresh sardines baked in a tomato, onion and garlic sauce served both hot or cold.

Preparation time: 15'
Cooking Time: 45'
Total Time: 60'

Main ingredients

Cooking Method



6 Servings

fresh sardines 2 pounds (900 grams)
greek extra virgin olive oil ½ cup
garlic cloves,finely chopped 2
oregano 1 tablespoon
lemons, juice only ½
fresh parsley,finely chopped 2 tablepsoons
sea salt to taste
For Tomato Sauce
greek extra virgin olive oil ⅓ cup
onion,finely chopped 1
garlic cloves 4
ripened tomatoes,grated 3
tomato, diced 1
hot water ½ cup
salt and pepper to taste
How to cook

  • Marinate the Sardines:  in a greased baking dish, carefully arrange the fish slightly overlapping one another. Drizzle the extra virgin olive oil, garlic, oregano, lemon juice, pepper and sea salt.  Cover.
  • In a sauté pan, on a medium heat, add the 1/3 cup of extra virgin olive oil and 1 onion.  Cook until their soft and glossy.
  • Add the 4 garlic cloves and continue sautéing for another few minutes.
  • Then add the 3 grated tomatoes,1 diced tomato, season with salt and pepper and turn up the heat so it comes to a boil.
  • Add the hot water and again bring it to a boil.
  • Once it boils, turn down the heat and let it simmer until the tomato sauce thickens.
  • Then set the sauce to the side so it can completely cool.
  • Pour the cooled tomato sauce all over the sardines, sprinkle with parsley and drizzle a little more extra virgin olive oil.
  • In a preheated 400F degree (200C) oven bake for about 20-25 minutes. 
  • While it’s baking, check to see if the sauce needs a little help by adding some water. 

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