Air-Fried Sardines with Fennel and Crunchy Cereal Topping

Air-Fried Sardines with Fennel and Crunchy Cereal Topping
Chef Brainy
What Started it all:
Sardines, Fennel bulb, cereal, air fryer

This delightful and healthy recipe brings together the fresh flavors of sardines and fennel, with a delightful crunch from cereal. It's a perfect dish for a family meal, showcasing fresh and seasonal ingredients, and it's all done in the air fryer for a healthier twist.


  • 8 fresh sardines, cleaned and gutted
  • 1 large fennel bulb, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup of plain cereal (like cornflakes), crushed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)


  1. Rinse the sardines thoroughly under cold water and pat them dry with paper towels.
  2. Season the sardines inside and out with salt and pepper.
  3. Thinly slice the fennel bulb and toss it with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, minced garlic, and a pinch of salt.
  4. Crush the cereal into small pieces and mix with a tablespoon of olive oil to help it adhere to the sardines.
  5. Preheat the air fryer to 180°C (350°F).
  6. Lay the sardines in the air fryer basket, making sure they are not overlapping.
  7. Spread the fennel slices evenly around the sardines.
  8. Sprinkle the crushed cereal mixture over the top of the sardines, pressing gently to ensure it sticks.
  9. Air fry the sardines and fennel for 10-12 minutes, or until the sardines are cooked through and the topping is golden and crispy.
  10. Carefully remove the sardines and fennel from the air fryer.
  11. Serve with fresh lemon slices and a sprinkle of chopped parsley.

Enjoy this healthy and delicious meal with your family, celebrating the joy of cooking and eating together. The combination of fresh sardines, aromatic fennel, and a crunchy topping will surely become a favorite at your dining table!

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