Sardines refer to several tiny, oil members of the herring family. Although the canned stuff sometimes gets a bad rap—let's face it, it's not the fairest fish in the sea—sardines are a sustainable, cost-efficient source of protein and omega 3's. But if you want to reap their many benefits, you'll need to (and want to) learn how to use them. Lace your sardines with Thai spices and herbs to disarm the sometimes overbearing fishiness, or stuff them with gremolata before you grill for a nice flavorful sear. When all else fails, make a sandwich or whip up some pasta. Grilled, cured, and wrapped in bacon—here are some of our best sardine recipes.