Grilled Sardines with Roasted Peppers and Pearl Onions


  • Fresh sardines - scaled and dressed
  • Roasted red peppers, seeded and skins removed
  • Grilled pearl onions
  • Roasted garlic
  • Fresh basil
  • Olive oil
  • Salt (sea and plain) and pepper


  1. Lightly oil the grill. Lightly brush or rub oil on the sardines. Grill until the fish tests done and meat flakes easily.
  2. Toss some pearl onions with some oil, salt and pepper, and grill until softened.
  3. Slice the roasted peppers into strips, and place in the center of the plate. Add grilled onions and cloves of roasted garlic.
  4. Top with the grilled sardines, sprinkle with sea salt and cracked pepper, and drizzle with little olive oil. Serve.
John’s motto is ‘release it unharmed or do it justice on the plate.’ Executive Chef, photographer, and surfer, John photographs ocean marine life when he’s out fishing, and creates masterpieces in the kitchen with what he keeps on deck. His photo works have been used in OEHHA Fish Advisories, National Geographic presentations, and nonprofit marine life groups. When he’s not fishing, he’s making great BBQ. Visit him at, and send him a message using the contact form using the link above.