Fileting Sardines

Filet Sardines

Filet Sardines

It's not as hard as it sounds—but like any cleaning task, you'll want to use a good, sharp knife.Christopher Hirsheimer

Cut off head and tail of a cleaned fresh sardine, flip sardine onto its back, and slit open its belly. Open the fish like a book and, using the tip of a knife, lift out spine in one piece and scrape away hairlike bones.