Cooking Styles

Learn about the following cooking styles. Most species lend themselves to a wide variety of cooking styles and, with a little guidance, seafood is one of the easiest foods to cook - so feel free to experiment....and enjoy! Select a recipe from the list.


Pan-fried Australian Sardines



‘Sardinas fritas’ are one of the most common dishes in tapas bars all along the Spanish coast. These small, oily fish make a delicious snack with an ice cold beer, white wine or perhaps a glass of manzanilla sherry.


Serves 4 as an entrée

½ cup plain flour
1 teaspoon salt flakes, crushed 
1 tablespoon sweet smoked paprika (see notes)
12 butterflied Australian sardines
Extra virgin olive oil, for pan-frying
Lemon wedges, for serving

Combine flour, salt and paprika in a plastic bag. Add sardines a couple at a time and shake to coat well. Remove from bag, shake to remove excess flour and set aside.

Heat a large frying pan over a medium heat, add oil and, when hot, add sardines, skin-side down, and fry for a minute or 2 each side, until crisp and golden. Drain on paper towel.

Serve immediately with lemon wedges on the side.


Smoked paprika is available from specialty food stores and adds a lovely earthy aroma.

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