Ben Tish serves up grilled sardines with crab mayonnaise and dukkah on Saturday Kitchen.
Ben says: “This dish is perfect for when you want something a bit special but pretty simple to pull together. The crab mayonnaise and dukkah can be prepared in advance and the fish cooks quickly so this is a great meal for an evening with friends.”
The ingredients for the crab mayonnaise: 1 large free-range egg yolk,l 50g brown crab meat, passed through a sieve, ½ red chilli, finely chopped, ½ garlic clove, finely chopped, 1 small tsp Dijon mustard, 100ml extra virgin olive oil, 5 tbsp vegetable oil, lemon juice, to taste, 4 tsp buttermilk, ½ small bunch coriander, finely chopped and sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
For the dukka: 50g sesame seeds, 50g pistachio nuts, 10g nigella seeds, 5g cumin seeds, 25g coriander seeds, 4 tsp extra virgin olive oil and ½ lemon, juice only.
For the sardines: 4 tsp extra virgin olive oil, 8 large sardines, scaled, butterflied and tails left in tact, 2 small Little Gem lettuce, cut into 4 lengthwise, ½ tsp sumac spice mix, ½ tsp chilli flakes and ½ lemon, juice only.