I love fish but it's sometimes been a bit difficult persuading other family members to indulge, especially 'A.' That was until we bought some cute little sardines. I simply coated them in flour seasoned with sea salt, black pepper, lots of crushed chilli flakes, a little smoked paprika powder and ground turmeric. Then panfried them for a few minutes in a drizzle of sunflower oil.
Served with fluffy white Basmati rice, cooked Persian style and with a knob of salty butter placed in the middle that melts into the rice, making it even more yummy. Then sprinkled with sumac which is a lovely refreshing almost lemony spice. Accompanied with tomato,cucumber and onion salsa with a sea salt, fresh lemon and olive oil dressing
Cooked this way the little sardines have a lovely crunchy, spicy coating.
'A' says he will happily eat fish this way three times a week and this is the traditional way to cook fish and rice in the South of Iran where his parents came from. Now he tells me!