Who doesn’t love a crumbed fish sandwich on soft white bread? It’s important to fry the sardines in ghee in a pan rather than deep-frying, as the flavor is much better and the degree of cooking is easier to control. Yoghurt tartare sauce could be substituted for a hot sauce or mayonnaise, if you like. This sandwich is so versatile and a number of different fish work perfectly here, including herring, whiting, bream or flathead.

Excerpted with permission from The Whole Fish Cookbook by Josh Niland, published by Hardie Grant September 2019, RRP $40.00 hardcover. Get your copy here: The Whole Fish Cookbook.

Serves 2.

CRUMBED SARDINE SANDWICH INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 4 eggs, lightly whisked
  • 2 cups white panko breadcrumbs
  • 8 x 2 oz sardines, scaled, gutted and butterflied
  • 2 ½ oz ghee
  • Sea salt flakes & freshly cracked black pepper
  • 4 slices soft white bread
  • 3 ½ oz Yoghurt tartare sauce (recipe below)

YOGHURT TARTE SAUCE INGREDIENTS

  • 1 ½ cups natural yoghurt
  • 3 large French shallots, diced
  • 1 tablespoon small salted capers, rinsed, dried and finely chopped
  • ⅓ cup coarsely chopped cornichons
  • 2 tablespoons finely sliced flat-leaf (Italian) parsley leaves

CRUMBED SARDINE SANDWICH DIRECTIONS

  1. Start by flouring, egg washing and crumbing the butterflied sardines, being sure to leave the tails of the fish uncrumbed.
  2. Heat the ghee in a frying pan over a high heat and cook the crumbed sardines, in batches, on one side for 1 minute, or until golden and crisp, then flip to the other side and fry for a further 10–20 seconds. Remove from the pan and season liberally.
  3. Cut the crusts off the bread. Spread some of the sauce over two of the slices of bread from edge to edge, then arrange four sardines on top. Add the remaining sauce on top and then the remaining slices of bread.
  4. Serve with the golden edges of the sardine showing around the edges of the bread and the little tails exposed at one end.

YOGHURT TARTE SAUCE DIRECTIONS

  1. Stir all the ingredients together in a bowl. Set aside.

SEAFOOD USED IN THIS RECIPE

Sardines

ALTERNATIVE SEAFOOD OPTIONS

Anchovies
Herring
Whiting
 

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