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5 Best Sardine Recipes

There’s a lot of ways for people to enjoy canned sardines. Sardine manufacturers in the Philippines made sure that canned sardines can be cooked in different ways – whether broil, baked, grilled or steamed.

With this being said, you can incorporate sardines into your favorite meals and dishes. Take a look at some of these delicious recipes for your everyday eats!

Sardine Sandwich

This is one easy option if you’re trying to ease your way into enjoying sardines. With the added intensity from the fresh onion and Dijon Mustard, this open-faced sandwich will be a sure hit!


  • 3 tbsps. Dijon Mustard
  • 2 slices Rye Bread
  • 2 large leaves lettuce
  • 1 can (14 oz.) sardines in oil drained, reserve teaspoons of sardine oil
  • ½ small onion thinly sliced crosswise
  • Salt and Ground Black Pepper to taste



  1. Toast the two slices of bread to your liking then spread mustard evenly over each slice of bread. Place the lettuce leaves on top.
  2. Divide sardines evenly between sandwiches and top with onion.
  3. Drizzle with reserved oil and season with salt and ground black pepper.
  4. Serve.

Sicilian Sardine Pasta

Sicilians from Italy surely know how to shake things up with their pasta. With the heavenly combination of tomato sauce and sardines, this will make every pasta lover add this dish to their favorites.


  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ tsp dried oregano
  • 4 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp. Tomato paste
  • ½ can whole peeled tomatoes, crushed
  • 3 leaves basil
  • 2 cans sardines, chopped
  • 2 tbsps. flour
  • ¼ cup nuts, lightly toasted
  • 500 grams of cooked spaghetti
  • 2 tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped



  1. Heat 2 tbsp. of oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add oregano, ½ of the minced onion, and garlic. Cook until soft about 6 minutes.
  2. Add the tomato paste and cook until caramelized for two minutes. Add the crushed tomatoes and cook until reduced for 30 minutes. Stir in the basil leaves and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Toss in the sardines and flour and cook until golden brown for about 4 minutes. Add the remaining cup of oil and sliced onions and cook until it is very soft for 14 minutes.
  4. Add the reserved tomato sauce and nuts, this will help blend in all the flavors together for about 10 minutes. Add the cooked pasta and toss with the sardine sauce. Transfer on to a large serving bowl then sprinkle with chopped parsley.
  5. Serve.

Pizza with Sardines

For people who loves pizza, this is a must try! This recipe is perfect for people who want to try something tasty and filling at the same time.


  • 6 cups flour
  • 2 cans tomato sauce
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 1 packet yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cans sardines, drained
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste



  1. Make the pizza dough by combining the flour, yeast, and warm water. Cover the dough and keep it in a warm place for the dough to rise. Once it’s ready, mix a little flour in the dough. Wait for it to rise again.
  2. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Knead the dough on a pizza pan and brush with some olive oil. Spread the tomato sauce, sardines, onions, and breadcrumbs. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Bake it for 15-20 minutes. Take it out of the oven to check and bake it again for another 5-10 minutes.
  4. Serve.


Sardine and Lemongrass Salad

If you want to go for a Thai inspired dish, then this recipe is for you! Sardines combined in sweet and spicy Thai flavors will definitely make a delicious salad dish!


  • 2 tbsps. Thai sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1-piece lemongrass, outer leaves discarded, inner core thinly sliced
  • 1 can sardine drained, chopped into 1-inch piece
  • 1 ½ cups chopped cilantro leaves and stems
  • ½ small red onion, thinly sliced


  1. In a large bowl, mix the sweet chili sauce with the lime juice and a bit of salt.
  2. Add the cilantro, lemongrass, red onion and sardines. Toss to combine
  3. Transfer the salad onto a platter and serve immediately.


Sardine-Dill Fish Cakes

These budget-friendly fish cakes make a great addition for your lunch and dinner menus. This is best served with a side salad.



  • 2 medium Yukon Gold Potatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cans sardines, drained and chopped
  • 1 cup chopped spring onions
  • ¼ cup fresh dill, chopped
  • 2 tbsps. of flour
  • 2 crushed garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsps. grated lemon zest
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg beaten
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Boil the potatoes until tender. Drain and mash the potatoes.
  2. Add the two cans of sardines, spring onions, fresh dill, flour, garlic cloves, lemon zest, and the panko breadcrumbs. Season with salt and pepper then mix in one beaten egg.
  3. Shape the mixture into 6 cakes, make sure it’s of 3-inch size. Coat with breadcrumbs.
  4. In a nonstick frying pan, add olive oil and sauté the fish cakes until their golden brown. Best served hot.
  5. Serve.

Key Takeaway

With these recipes, they will surely help elevate your usual dishes into a delicious and healthier options. With a lot of sardine manufacturer in the Philippines, one can include sardines into their favorite dishes and cook them in many different ways!

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