Soused Cornish sardines

A traditional age old Cornish recipe
Soused Cornish sardines
  • 4 people
  • 1 hour 5 mins
  • 15 mins
  • 50 mins


Season the cleaned sardines well with pepper and salt. Place a layer of the fish in an eathenware or baking dish, sprinkle with pickling spice and bay leaves.

Repeat the layers until the dish is full, then add the liquid- three parts vinegar to one part water - to the top of the dish. Tie down with brown paper, or use a close fitting lid (not foil) .

Bring to the boil, then bake in a moderate to slow oven until the bones are quite soft.


  • Seafood Ingredients
    2kg Fresh Cornish sardines, herring or mackerel
  • Other Ingredients
  • Mixed pickling spices
  • Bayleaves
  • Malt vinegar
  • Salt and pepper
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