less than 10 mins
This cheap fish starter is a rough-and-ready summer hit - and the perky salsa is awesome, too.
Equipment and preparation: for this recipe you will need a barbecue and four, untreated pieces of wood.
Soak four pieces of clean thick untreated wood in cold water, preferably overnight.
Thirty minutes before you want to eat, light the barbecue. Allow the flames to flare up and die down.
Meanwhile, mix the cucumber, shallot, garlic, oil, herbs and lime juice together in a bowl, then season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Set aside.
When the barbecue coals are red hot, nail four sardines by the tail to each plank of wood. Place the pieces of wood onto the coals (or alternatively on a rack near the coals) and cook for 5-6 minutes, or until the sardines are charred and cooked through.
To serve, place four sardines onto each serving plate. Spoon the salsa alongside.
The sardines can be cooked under the grill if barbecue weather isn't forthcoming.