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Here's a step-by-step picture guide to show you how to clean fish like fresh sardines! Once you’ve cleaned the first one you’ll see how easy it goes...

How To Clean Fish: Fresh Sardines

How to clean fish: a step-by-step guide to help you clean fresh sardines like a pro!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • fresh sardines

Instructions

  1. Rinse the fresh sardines under cold running tap water. Rub them gently until the scales are removed. Do this very carefully. A mouthful of scales is so extremely unappetizing!

  2. Here's a step-by-step picture guide to show you how to clean fish like fresh sardines! Once you’ve cleaned the first one you’ll see how easy it goes...

  3. Drain the sardines on a piece of kitchen paper. Then put them on a chopping board and cut off the heads.

  4. Here's a step-by-step picture guide to show you how to clean fish like fresh sardines! Once you’ve cleaned the first one you’ll see how easy it goes...

  5. Hold the sardine upside down in the palm of one hand. Then cut open the belly of the fish using a sharp knife or a pair of scissors up until the part where the tail starts.


  6. Run your thumb along the spine and push out the bloody guts.


  7. Rinse the inside of the sardine under cold running tap water. Make sure to remove all bloody bits (they taste awfully bitter). Then drain the cleaned sardine on kitchen paper again. Carefully push along the spine on both sides.

  8. Here's a step-by-step picture guide to show you how to clean fish like fresh sardines! Once you’ve cleaned the first one you’ll see how easy it goes...

  9. The spine will bit by bit come off the sardine flesh. Leave the sardine fillet in one piece!


  10. Then carefully remove the spine.

  11. Here's a step-by-step picture guide to show you how to clean fish like fresh sardines! Once you’ve cleaned the first one you’ll see how easy it goes...

  12. Break it off right in front of the tail or remove the spine with tail and all if you prefer.


  13. Rinse the sardine again. You can remove any other small fish bones if you like. And there it is: a perfectly cleaned and filleted sardine! Booyah!

  14. Here's a step-by-step picture guide to show you how to clean fish like fresh sardines! Once you’ve cleaned the first one you’ll see how easy it goes...