Bacon-wrapped stuffed sardine recipe

You may have already tried the paprika sardine recipe by Filipino food blogger, Marvin Gapultos of Burnt Lumpia. Now you should give this interesting spin on sardines stuffed with goodness and wrapped in bacon.

The bacon-wrapped sardine is definitely something we want to taste! Here’s the recipe!


  • 8 fresh sardines, cleaned and gutted
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • Stuffing of choice (chili paste, shallots, etc.)
  • 8 strips of bacon

Prepping your sardines

Butterfly the sardines by cutting off their heads, and then removing their backbones with a boning knife:


Gently slide a boning knife between the bones and the flesh.


Pull the backbone away from the flesh and then snip with kitchen shears.

Pour the lime juice into a shallow dish large enough to hold all of the sardines. Place the sardines, flesh side down, into the lime juice and allow to marinate for 10 minutes. Remove sardines from lime juice and place on a work surface flesh side up.


Stuff the sardines with shallots, chili paste, plain ‘ol black pepper, or whatever else you’d like. Close the butterflied sardines and wrap each sardine in a strip of bacon.

Grill the sardines over medium-high heat, turning every few minutes, until bacon is cooked and crisp–about 5-8 minutes total.

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