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A simple lemony Sicilian sauce recipe to top fish, chicken or veggies!


  • For the salmoriglio sauce:
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup hot water
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 large clove of garlic, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon oregano, dried
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • Salt and finely ground black pepper to taste
  • 12 fresh sardines, cleaned
  • Extra lemons, quartered


  1. In a small bowl, whisk the oil and hot water briskly with a fork. Add in the juice from the lemons, followed by the garlic, oregano and parsley. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Prepare a medium hot grill. Spray or wipe the grill with oil. Season the sardines with a little olive oil and a sprinkle of salt. When grill is hot, grill until fish are cooked through and nicely charred, only about 2-3 minutes per side.
  3. Remove from grill and place on a platter. Drizzle the sauce over the sardines. Serve the extra sauce on the side. Drizzle with fresh lemon juice. Serve with plenty of extra lemons on the side.
  • Category: Antipasto
  • Cuisine: Italian