Sardines Boiled in Miso

Sardines Boiled in Miso

This miso-flavored sardine dish perfectly pairs with rice.

Cooking time
20 minutes
  • Nutrition facts are for one serving.

Ingredients(Servings: 2)

Ingredients(Servings: 2)

2 fillets


70 ml (2.4 fl. oz.)

1 tsp

a small amount


  1. Remove the head and innards from the sardine. Place in a colander and douse in boiling hot water to rinse off and remove some of the the distinct smell.
  2. Mix together (A) to prepare the broth.
  3. Heat (1) and (2) together in a pot. Once boiling, turn to low, cover and simmer for 7-8 minutes. Add in the shishito peppers and turn off the heat. Leave for a few minutes to allow the broth to soak in well. Arrange the sardines on plates, sprinkle on the green onions and garnish with the shishito peppers.

Cooking Basics

Sardines - how to butterfly

1. Remove scales (de-scale)

Move the tip of the knife from the tail towards the head to scrape off the scales.

2. Chop off the head

Place the knife at the base of the pectoral fin and chop off the head in one motion.

3. Remove the innards

Cut away the edge of the belly from the head to the anal fin with a knife. Open the belly and use the knife to scrape out the innards.

4. Split open with hands

At this point, wrap the innards up in a newspaper, throw these away and rinse the sardine with water and then pat dry to remove excess moisture. Put your thumb inside the cut near to the top of the backbone, then slide this down towards the tail to split open.

5. Remove the backbone

Use your fingers to fold the end of the backbone near the tail, then carefully pull out the bone in the same direction.

6. Remove the stomach bones

Lay the knife flat and slice away the stomach bones. This completes the butterflying process.


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