Perhaps sardines are a holiday favourite, grilled up on open charcoals, or a weekday staple from out of a can?
There's no denying that these great little oily fish are delicious grilled, fried, canned, barbecued, hot or cold, in a sauce, or just as they are with lemon and olive oil.
What's more, they are inexpensive, nutritious and sustainable. These tiny pilchards have certainly got a lot going for them when it comes to choosing fish, especially as Spring is the best time to start enjoying them.
We have two classic recipes for how to eat sardines including grilled sardines with tomatoes to whisk you back to Mediterranean holidays and a traditional Sicilian pasta dish pumped full of flavour that will make you want to book a holiday.
First things first. If you have bought fresh sardines, and not sure what to do with them this simple video will teach you how to butterfly fillet sardines step by step from the guys at MJ Seafood.
Try this simple recipe to get you started on sardines and enjoy them in their unadorned glory.
Try this iconic Sicilian pasta dish with fresh sardines for a really tasty dish packed full of flavour and other treats like pine nuts, raisins, fennel seeds, saffron and garlic.