A Coastal BBQ with a twist
By Amanda Scali

24/09/2018 10:27am


There is nothing better as the days start to get that little bit longer than to have those closest over for a BBQ in the sunshine.


A perfect opportunity to get together with friends, family or maybe even your neighbours, and enjoy the beautiful weather in Adelaide at the moment.


BBQ’s need not always be burgers, snags and steaks. This recipe offers a twist on the traditional Aussie BBQ that is simple to prepare and delicious to boot!


So, breath in the fresh sea air whilst sipping on a delicious glass of wine and grilling some Spanish-style sardines on the BBQ with whoever is lucky enough to get an invite!


Here’s what you’ll need:


3 medium garlic cloves

¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil

¼ cup fresh lemon juice

1 tsp of smoked Spanish paprika

½ tsp freshly ground black pepper

½ kg fresh sardines, cleaned, scaled and gutted

Sea salt

2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

Lemon wedges for serving




Combine the garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, paprika and black pepper into a small bowl and whisk well to combine. Arrange the sardines in a single layer on a shallow baking dish/tray and pour the marinade over the fish. Ensure fish are coated evenly in the marinade, inside and out, and set aside for 30 mins.


Making sure the grill is clean, set all the burners to high and preheat BBQ for 10 mins (with cover down to get the grill nice and hot). Oil the grilling grate.


Remove the sardines from the marinade and grill over direct heat for 2-3 minutes (until well charred). Using a metal slide, flip the sardines over and grill the other side until charred/ cooked through. Transfer the sardines to a large platter and season with salt. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve with lemon wedges.


This super simple seafood BBQ recipe is absolutely delicious and puts a Spanish twist on South Australian beachside living.


To compliment the fish, get creative with a fresh fennel salad with plenty of zesty citrus and a beautiful bottle of wine.


Coastal living is what you make it, and it’s best enjoyed with good friends, great food, and beautiful wine. Enjoy!