This is such an easy and quick recipe to make Pan-fried Sardines, or like how they call it in Spain ‘Sardinas Fritas’ served all over Tapas bars there. Sardines are very reasonable fish to buy and easily available in seafood markets. I’ve never cooked anything with Sardines before but I came across this Pan-fried Sardines recipe on the net and discovered this one of the most popular things to eat at Tapas bars across Spanish coastal cities. Making these Pan-fried Sardines barely takes any time and goes wonderfully with some lemon and a chilled glass of beer, Bira 91 White in this case. I like to completely split open the Sardines or butterfly them, so that the skin is nicely cooked and crisp when frying. The inspiration behind this dish came just wanderlusting about traveling and visiting Spain, so I thought why not just bring Spain home. But I know if I ever visit Spain, I’m definitely going on a Tapas bar crawl for sure and learning how to make authentic Tapas there, probably through a Tapas making class on Cookly (I work here :p). So I hope you enjoy this easy Pan-fried Sardines recipe and can enjoy some Tapas at the comfort of your own home.


pan-fried sardines

Ingredients (Serves 2-3)

½ cup Plain Flour
1 tsp Rock Salt and Toasted Garlic Salt (crushed; use regular salt in case you don’t have this)
1 tbsp Smoked Paprika
1/2 tsp Pepper
8 Sardines (Split open, Butterflied) (Ordered through the ‘Licious‘ app. Pretty good quality)
Extra virgin olive oil, for pan-frying
Lemon wedges and Parsley, for serving


1. Take a plastic bag or box, combine flour, salt, pepper, and paprika. Add your sardines 1-2 at a time and shake to coat well. Remove from bag/box, shake to remove excess flour and set aside.
2. Next, take a large frying pan, heat it over a medium flame, add extra virgin olive oil and when hot, add sardines skin-side down. Fry for a minute or 2 each side, until crisp and golden. Take off the pan and drain on a paper towel.
3. Plate it up, sprinkle some chopped Parsley as garnish and with lemon wedges on the side.

Open a bottle of chilled beer, and enjoy these delicious Pan-fried Sardines just how they do in Tapas bars. Bring the Tapas home! Btw if you love beer so much, you must try my Beer Battered Chicken Pakodas too.

pan-fried sardines