Butterflied Australian Sardines with Herb & Olive Stuffing

Recipes | Pan-Frying Serves 4 as an entrée Butterflied Australian Sardines with Herb & Olive Stuffing

Butterflied fish are split open and the backbone removed. Sardines are available from most fishmongers already butterflied, which makes them simple to prepare and easy to eat.


12 Australian Sardines, butterflied 
½ cup plain flour
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 lemon, cut into 4 wedges 

Herb & Olive Stuffing
4 slices white bread
2 green onions, finely sliced
1 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
8 green olives, pitted & coarsely chopped
1 lemon, zest finely grated
Salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper, to taste 
1 egg, lightly beaten


Make Herb & Olive Stuffing: coarsely tear bread into a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add green onions, parsley, oregano, olives, salt and pepper and pulse until well combined. Add just enough egg to bring mixture together.

Place fish, skin side down, on a chopping board. Spoon stuffing on top of one half and gently press the mixture to make it stick to the flesh. Fold other half over to make a ‘sandwich’. Press gently to ensure filling sticks. 

Heat a frying pan over medium heat, add olive oil. 

Dust fish lightly with flour, add to pan and cook for 2 minutes each side. 

Serve with lemon wedges on the side.


Fish can be stuffed, covered and refrigerated several hours before cooking.

Alternative species:

Anchovy, Garfish, Sandy Sprat, School Whiting.

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