Malaga sardines – a tasty treat!

Malaga sardines? Of course! Now, that the summer is almost here, what’s a “Malagueno” wishing  for the most? A beautiful day at the beach, a nice ” espeto de sardinas” roasted  on a open spit fire, a cold refreshing beer and all these in the company of the loved ones.  There is always something  delightful to be said for a simple dish done well, and the sardines from Malaga, beside being the most typical dish in the city, truly achieve culinary excellence.  Ask any local if you don’t believe me, you’ll be surprised and  convinced.

Malaga sardines

Malaga sardines

Skewers of  6 sardines or more are slowly roasted on fire pits  set usually in wooden boats placed directly on the sand next to or in front of small beach restaurants called “chiringuitos”.  Despite seeming an easy thing, grilling sardines this way, it’s a more complicated job.  The fire has to have  just the proper intensity, not too weak, not too hot, the  skewers are specially carved from local grown cane, and the “espetero”  (the man in charge with the grilling) must know exactly where to puncture the fish so the bitter part of its intestines wouldn’t spoil the soft sweet taste of the meat.  To keep the fish soft,  sardines are grilled whole, without being  gutted,  avoiding this way the  flesh of the fish being dry and tasteless.  

Malaga sardines

Malaga sardines

Personally, sardines are my favorite,  ( I ‘m mouth watering right now writing about them) and I always prefer a nice portion of this unassuming fish over any other noble or expensive one.  Why?  First of all, I really love their fishy taste, the sweet, soft meat and not at least, here are plenty of reasons why.  

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Sardines on a stick

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