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Breaded Sardines, with quick kimchi and miso mayonnaise

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Recipe by

The Seafood Bar

Small plate seafood bar, serving local craft beers from Verdant Brewing Co.


Andy Lowe



Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
Serves 4

12 butterflied sardines

2 eggs

100g plain flour

100g panko breadcrumbs


1 Chinese cabbage

1 tbsp salt

1 carrot, peeled and sliced into matchsticks

4 spring onions, finely chopped

8 radishes, finely sliced

4 cloves garlic

50g grated ginger

2 tbsp fish sauce

2 tbsp gochujang paste or 1 tbsp gochugaru chilli flakes

1 tbsp caster sugar

3 tbsp vinegar


200g mayonnaise

1 tbsp white miso paste


If you prefer not to bread the sardines they are also great grilled or barbequed. The recipe can be doubled for a main or would make a great filling for a roll. And it goes exceptionally well with a craft ale from Verdant brewery.

  1. Quarter, core and shred the cabbage. Sprinkle over the salt.
  2. Place the ginger, garlic, chilli paste/flakes, fish sauce, sugar and vinegar in a blender, or pestle and mortar.
  3. Blend or mix to a smooth paste.
  4. Add to the cabbage along with the spring onions, carrot and radish. Mix all together.
  5. Stir miso paste into the mayonnaise.
  6. Place flour, panko breadcrumbs and beaten egg in separate bowls.
  7. Dust the sardine with the flour then place into egg, then breadcrumbs.
  8. Place on a tray, keeping the sardines separate.
  9. Heat oil in a saucepan or deep fryer to 180?c and fry the sardines a minute each side. Alternatively, these can be pan fried in a small amount of oil, or if not breaded grill at a high heat for one minute each side. 
  10. Place a pile of kimchi in the centre of 4 plates, top each pile with 3 sardines and drizzle with miso mayonnaise.


Cornish Sardine

Ring Netting

Cornish vessels landing to Cornish ports

Ring nets are encircling nets used to catch midwater fish such as sardine, and anchovy. They are set around a shoal and a drawstring rope on the bottom of the net is pulled so the fish can’t escape.

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