Sardine tempura. How to remove the bones from a sardine?

This summer, I fell in love with sardines. Delicious and inexpensive, I love them.
On the other hand, it must be recognized that they are not always easy to prepare. And it is also because of that that my love for this little fish is so late!
Of course, you can sometimes find ready-made fillets at the fishmonger’s, but that’s still rare.

So I took the good resolution at the beginning of the summer to learn how to do it myself. After some research, I was ready to fillet my first sardine. They ended up marinated and grilled. What happiness!
Subsequently, I always came back from shopping with a few sardines.

And this is where a project that I had had for a long time was born. Often, when I write my recipes, I find myself thinking that it would be easier to have pictures rather than words. Indeed, it is not always easy to write the right gesture. On the other hand, I did not see myself at all starting to make videos. Except I have a nice son who is growing up and loves it all. It is therefore up to him to create and manage my Youtube channel Chic, Chic, Chocolate: A gesture in the kitchen including La first video is precisely How to remove bones from a sardine?
You’ll see, it’s really super easy!


Once you know how, you never tire of cooking sardines. There are also many ways to prepare them, each one more delicious than the other.
We really enjoyed the tempura. The sardine remains perfectly moist, while the fine donut batter is crispy.
It’s a delight! I served them with spicy soy sauce and lemon. They can also be served with mayonnaise or a small tomato sauce. They can just as well be served as an aperitif or as a dish with a salad.

Sardine tempura:

500 g medium-sized fresh sardines
75g flour
75g cornstarch
1/2 tsp salt
200g ice water
2 tbsp soy sauce
1/2 lemon
chilli pepper

Start by preparing the sardines.
At first, if it is not done by the fishmonger, you have to pass them under water to remove the scales and cut off their heads while pulling to remove the insides.
This being done, you can take a knife and scissors and remove the bones.

Book cool.

For the tempura, mix the flour, cornstarch and salt.
At the last moment, add the ice water and mix.

Heat a frying pan.
Dip each sardine in tempura, then fry in hot oil. It’s pretty quick, 1-2 minutes.

Serve hot with soy sauce, spiced to your liking, and lemon.

To finish: for information, I paid my sardines 2 euros 50 per kilo. At this price, you can indulge yourself and buy a little more.

This video was a very first try. Others will follow from time to time. I’ll be back especially on how to ball bread, make brioches…
There is no doubt that they will get better and better.

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