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Andy Bates is known for his hearty street food. His modern twists on classic dishes are fuelled by his international travels and a passion for re-discovering and cooking great British food. As the gaffer of specialist food company ‘Eat My Pies’, Andy brings the best of British food back to the public, including classic tarts, pies, Scotch eggs and, of course, some tasty puddings.

Andy is a contributing chef for Food Network UK and has already had two successful series broadcast on the channel - Andy Bates Street Feasts and Andy Bates American Street Feasts. His latest series, Andy Bates Brazilian Street Feasts, launched in February 2014. All three series follow him as he travels across continents to explore the world of street food and find the stories and people behind the recipes. As a result, he has become a leading expert on street food, with regular appearances on the street food circuit. Andy, who lives by the quote "You should always finish on a little bit of pudding", has also written a cookbook offering modern twists on classic dishes.

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BBQ Salted Sardines with Cucumber & Onion Salad

Andy Bates

My BBQ Salted Sardines with Cucumber & Onion Salad


serves 4


  • 8-10 sardines, depending on size
  • flaked sea salt
  • slices of sourdough bread


  • 1 cucumber, sliced thinly in rounds 
  • 1 large red onion, sliced thinly
  • 300ml apple cider vinegar
  • 2tsp caster sugar
  • 2tsp salt
  • 1tsp cumin


For the salad, in a bowl mix the vinegar with sugar, salt and cumin. Add the cucumber and onion, mix and leave at room temperature for one hour. Can be made a week in advance and kept in the fridge.

Pat dry the sardines, brush with olive oil and season well with flaked salt and grill on the BBQ for 4-6 minutes depending on the size. Leaving alone and turning only once when cooking. Allow to rest for 5 minutes.

Serve the sardines on top of sourdough bread slices to absorb the juices with the cucumber and onion salad on the side.