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Pilchard recipes


Pilchards - the adult sardine - are blue-green oil-rich fish about the size of a herring. They are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids and a sustainable choice.

Buyer's guide

Pilchards are rarely available fresh and are mainly sold processed and canned. You’re most likely to find them fresh during the summer months. They are a speciality in Cornwall where they swim to their northern limit.


Fresh pilchards are delicious cooked as you would sardines – barbecue them and serve with a rich tomato sauce or just butter and lemon.

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