Homemade Oil Sardines

Homemade Oil Sardines

These homemade oil sardines smell great.


Japanese sardines
200 g
2 cloves
10 peppercorns
Red chili pepper
2 sprigs
Bay leaf
10% salt water
Olive oil


1. Prepare the sardines. If they are small, you only have to remove the head, tail, and scales. The ones shown in the photo above were filleted.
2. Soak the sardines from Step 1 in the salted water for 2 hours.
3. Remove the seeds from the chili pepper, before slicing it into thin rounds. Slice the garlic. Crush the pepper pods.
4. Remove the sardines in Step 2 from the water and pat dry with a paper towel.
5. Add Steps 3 + 4 to a pot and pour in the olive oil until the sardines are covered.
6. Simmer on low heat for 10 minutes. Cook over low heat so that the sardines don't move around.
7. Pour into a jar to store. The sardines will fall apart easily, so handle them with care. You can eat them right away, but if you wait 2-3 days the flavors will blend and make it even more delicious.

Story Behind this Recipe

I was told how to make this from a shop that always has delicious homemade oil sardines.