Recipe courtesy of Sea Rocket Bistro

Grilled Sardines with Sauteed Joi Choi and Ginger Fish Sauce

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 1 serving
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Ingredients

Fish Sauce:

1 cup brown sugar

4 ounces sardine scraps

2 tablespoons chopped ginger

2 bay leaves

1/4 teaspoon crushed red chile pepper flakes

12 sardine skeletons

4 cloves garlic, crushed

4 whole black peppercorns

Salt

2 cups chopped joi choi (a type of Chinese cabbage)

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

Sardines:

3 whole sardines

1 tablespoon olive oil

Coarse sea salt

Cracked black pepper

Directions

  1. For the fish sauce: Add 8 quarts water, sugar, sardine scraps, ginger, bay leaves, chile flakes, sardine skeletons, garlic, peppercorns and some salt to a large pot and simmer until reduced by half. 
  2. In a medium saucepan, saute the joi choi over medium-high heat for 1 to 2 minutes in the olive oil. Deglaze the pan with a splash of fish sauce and add the parsley. Let reduce for 1 more minute. 
  3. For the sardines: Preheat a grill to medium-high heat. 
  4. Scale and gut the sardines. Push skewers through the mouth of each fish to the tail in order to make grilling easier. Coat the fish in the olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place the fish on the grill and cook for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes on each side. Make sure the eyes are white to determine that the fish are finished. 
  5. To serve: Place the greens on a plate and place the grilled sardines on top.

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