Grilled Sardines with Umeboshi, Ginger, Miso, and Sesame

Grilled Sardines with Umeboshi, Ginger, Miso, and Sesame

Mix the condiments together, spread on the fish, and grill. It's easy and healthy!
Even inexpensive sardines can be transformed into a fancy dish, perhaps?
The umeboshi and ginger fragrance, and the sesame seed nuttiness are delicious.

Ingredients: 2 servings

Sardines (gutted, de-boned and butterflied)
2 large
○ Sake
2 teaspoons
★ Umeboshi
★ Ginger (grated)
2 g
1 teaspoon
★ Miso
2 teaspoons
★ Mirin
1/2 teaspoon
White sesame seeds
To taste
Aonori (if available)
To taste


1. Use gutted, de-boned and butterflied sardines. Sprinkle with sake and let rest.
2. Remove the pits from the umeboshi plums and chop into a paste. Grate the ginger.
3. Mix the ★ ingredients together. Make sure to completely dissolve the miso.
4. Pat dry the sardines with paper towels. Spread the paste from Step 3 on the flesh.
5. Generously sprinkle sesame seeds on top to cover the surface evenly.
6. Lay the sardines skin side down on a grill. Grill over low to medium heat until done. Transfer to serving plates and sprinkle with aonori seaweed powder.

Story Behind this Recipe

I bought delicious looking sardines! Usually my mother simmers them, but I wanted to try them grilled.
I used ingredients I love - umeboshi, ginger, miso, and sesame. Enjoy with a bowlful of rice when it's piping hot. Once cooled, it tastes like semi-dried fish and makes a great appetizer with beer.