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Baked Sardines – EASY Recipe with TRICKS for the smell

21 mayo, 2021

In Free Recipes we are going to share all our tricks to know how to make odorless baked sardines. Sardines are a type of oily fish with large doses of omega 3 fatty acids, however, we tend to avoid cooking them at home due to the smell they give off. Therefore, below, you will learn to cook them in an easy and effective way.

Before starting, we must highlight the importance of buying a quality product, so we recommend opting for fresh sardines. Of course, do not open them! Keep reading and discover with us this simple of baked sardines recipe and our tricks so they don’t smell.

3 diners
15 m
Very low difficulty

Ingredients to make Baked Sardines:

How to make Baked Sardines:


Preheat the oven to 200ºC with heat up and down. Leave the sardines whole, wash them with water, clean them well and dry them with a kitchen paper. It is not necessary to open them from the side and remove the guts. If you want to cook sardines in the oven without odor, the best trick is to bake them whole. Once cooked, you can easily remove the guts.

Baked Sardines Recipe - Step 1


Take a baking sheet, put a sheet of greaseproof paper and cover the entire base with coarse salt. It will not be necessary to add salt to the sardines, by covering the base of the tray with salt, apart from preventing odors from coming out, the fish is already given a point of salt. So, this is the second trick to get sardines roasted without odors.

Trick: You can also cover the tray directly, without the sheet of greaseproof paper.

Baked Sardines Recipe - Step 2


Place the sardines on the tray, one beside the other. You can put them well together, but without being one on top of the other so that they cook well. Put a little more salt on top of the sardines. Bake the sardines by placing the tray in the center of the oven. Maintain the temperature and cook them for 15-20 minutes, although the time will depend on each oven, since some have higher power than others. The size of the sardines also influences the final cooking time.

Trick: You can cook the sardines in the oven with garlic and parsley by chopping these ingredients and distributing them over the fish.

Baked Sardines Recipe - Step 3


When they take about 15 minutes, to see if the sardines are ready, take one of them and check if the skin comes off easily. If so, it means they are done. They must be juicy inside, so it is important to check the cooking after 15 minutes, not later. However, if you like them more done, you can leave them for a few more minutes.

Baked Sardines Recipe - Step 4


The last trick so that sardines do not smell is for the oven. When you remove the sardines from the oven, have a baking tray prepared with hot water and a splash of vinegar, leave it for 5 minutes with the oven on, turn it off and leave it inside for a while. And ready! You can now enjoy this recipe for baked sardines, and without smells! You may serve the baked sardines with lemon by dropping a little juice on them, they will be delicious!

Baked Sardines Recipe - Step 5

If you liked the recipe for Sardines Baked, we suggest you enter our Blue Fish Recipes category.

With what to accompany the baked sardines

Now that you know how to make baked sardines and our tricks to avoid odors in your kitchen, enjoy them during dinner or accompanied with some Garrison that you like. To do this, we advise you these options:

On the other hand, you can make baked sardines with potatoes by consulting this other recipe.