I know this is an ancient thread but I thought I'd weigh in.
I made fresh sardines for the first time ever last night and it was a revelation. A little sea salt, a little olive oil, throw them close under the broiler for 4 minutes per side, easy-breezy. They came cleaned, easy to eat around the bones, etc.
Delicious, fatty, crispy, pure umami. My new favorite seafood item to cook at home.
Had them with some roasted potatoes and wilted spinach, all seasoned by little other than salt & olive oil.
I would LOVE to find fresh anchovies as I hear they're unbeatable, but it is apparently a very rare find around here. Whole Foods says they've never had them in stock ever. I will try a few asian markets.
I LIK3Z PORK