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    At the Asian grocery store they sell packages of large, frozen sardines. The do not appear to have the guts removed. I was thinking they would be good grilled. They are about 9 or 10 inches long, heard and tails on. I assume I should gut them once they thaw. For fish this big and fresh would the bones be edible like the canned ones? How do people typically prepare these?

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    Rig them with three or four ganged hooks and float down a trail of chum
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    Seriously, fillet, removing the guts, and fry gently in butter
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    They also had other smaller whole fish there, maybe something like that would work better. I guess you would need to remove the guts no matter how small it is. It would be nice if the store did that for you. Can't complain for $3 though.

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    Here in Spain I buy them fresh and grill them whole. the fish monger recommended I grill them that way because the head and guts have fat which helps keep them from drying out on the grill. Never had them frozen before though.

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    If you want to see some yummy looking pics, google "deep fried sardines," and click on the photo gallery that comes up. Those with a glass of red wine at sunset - a one-meal vacation.
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    Yes you have to gut/scale them and no, the bones are hard... I wondered that until I tried. The good thing is the fless peels away from them after cooking and you are left with a complete skeleton like in the old cartoons where you see alley cats fighting over a sardine skeleton

    This video help me clean them easier:

    Passionate About Fish - How to prepare Sardines - YouTube

    Other method that includes how to cook:

    How To Fillet And Clean ,Sardines.And Cook Them.CORNISH SARDINES/PILCHARDS. - YouTube

    Hope it helps.

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    When I was on vacation in Portugal they grilled them whole, guts removed but head and tail intact. You eat the flesh and pick out the bones. Very delicious and moist fish.

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    Yes, but it was at an outdoor restaurant and not on the beach. That looks fun though

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