When it comes to budget meals, canned sardines are often overlooked. But why not take a second look at this budget-friendly seafood option? With our collection of delicious and creative recipes for canned sardines, you’ll be sure to find something that will please your taste buds – without breaking the bank!
From light salads and hearty chilis, to flavorful pasta dishes and tasty sandwiches, these recipes show how you can make amazing meals with canned sardines for a fraction of the cost.
Oh! Those wonderful little packages of delicious goodness include lots of health benefits, vitamins, and nutrients. And, they can be included in a myriad of different recipes!
Craving something flavorful and filling, but don’t have a lot of money to spare?
If you thought canned sardines were only good for a quick snack, think again – with the right ingredients and recipes, you can transform these inexpensive treats into delicious and nutritious meals.
Welcome to our curated roundup of tasty gourmet recipes for canned sardines that can help you create affordable yet delectable dishes on any budget!
20 Gourmet Recipes for Canned Sardines: A Roundup of Tasty and Creative Meals
Before we dive straight into these recipes, I feel like we should talk a little bit about some frequently asked questions regarding canned sardines. Because you might be surprised!
Are Sardines a Healthy Fish?
Sardines are full of lots of healthy ingredients, including (but not limited to):
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids
- Vitamin Bs
- Vitamin D
What Kind of Fish is a Sardine?
Sardines are a member of the herring family. Other small herringlike fish that are canned can also be referred to as sardines.
How Often can I Safely Eat Canned Sardines?
According to the FDA, it is safe for an adult to eat 8 to 12 ounces of sardines per week. That would equate to about two or three servings per week.
Are Sardines Healthier Than Tuna?
Both tuna and sardines are healthy foods. One difference is that sardines are lower in mercury than tuna, so that makes sardines healthier.
What do Sardines Taste Like?
Sardines are a fish, so do have a bit of a fishy flavor that is mild. The texture is meaty. Some say there is nothing else that compares to the nutrient-rich little powerhouses.
Are Sardines in a Can Cooked or Raw?
Canned sardines are always cooked. The process is that the fishies are washed and the heads are removed. Then, they are either deep fried, smoked, or steamed. Next, they are dried. Lastly, they get packed in one of these:
- Chili Sauce
- Mustard Sauce
- Olive Oil
- Soybean Oil
- Sunflower Oil
- Tomato Sauce
What is the Healthiest Way to Eat Sardines?
Here are a few healthy ways to eat sardines:
- As part of a salad, with homemade avocado dressing
- As part of an omelette
- Made into fried rice
- Made into salad (sort of like tuna salad) with mayo, mustard, and pickles
- On a cracker with cheese
- On toast
- Straight from the can
- Straight from the can with a little lemon juice
- With avocado slices and lemon juice
- With cottage cheese and Tabasco sauce
- With scrambled eggs and hollandaise sauce
Now, on to the recipes!
20 Canned Sardine Recipes
Sardines are healthy and delicious!
Sardine Salad Sandwich Wrap (Keto, Low Carb Recipe)
These delish sardine salad lettuce wraps are low carb, and full of protein and other healthy nutrients!
This amazing Spanish omelette includes sardines and is chock full of protein and healthy nutrients!
Sardine Cakes (Air Fryer Sardine Fritters Recipe)
Gluten free and paleo friendly! These scrumptious sardine cakes are just what the doctor ordered.
Easy Sardine Sandwich
This sardine sandwich is not only tasty, but it's also a work of art. It is sometimes served for special occasion lunches.
Sardines on Toast (Easy Lunch or Appetizer)
Sardines on toast are a quick and easy appetizer or snack. In addition to being healthy, they are also scrumpdillyumptious!
Sardines on Cauliflower Toast
Cauliflower toast, Mediterranean gremolata is a great way to dress up a can of sardines. Not to mention that this is super delicious, too!
Sardines on Toast with Chickpea Salad
This chickpea and roasted pepper salad really sets off the fantastic flavor of the sardines!
Simple Sardine Salad Recipe - Great For Beginners
This sardine salad is a wonderful change from the "usual" salad. You can mix it up with veggies, yogurt, mayo, and spices to make a truly unusual taste. Add jalapenos for a little spiciness!
Low Carb Sardine Tostadas
Toasted tortillas with mashed and seasoned avocado, and sardines. What a treat--and, you can put it together in less than 10 minutes!
Paleo sardine dip
Break up those sardines with a fork, stir in chopped veggies and lemon juice, then be as generous with the hot sauce as you'd like. You'll love this dip served with plantain chips or crackers!
Sardine Fried Rice Recipe
Sardine fried rice sounds great! This meal is just so easy, and can be ready to serve in less than 30 minutes! What a delicious way to dine on a weekday!
Pasta with Sardines
This recipe includes bucatini pasta, sardines, and fennel. If you love the fennel and sardine flavors, you are going to really enjoy this dish!
King Oscar Sardines Recipes and Sardine Spread
Sardine spread that includes cream cheese, mustard, and veggies. Serve it on bagels or crackers for an appetizer or snack...yummmmy!
SARDINE AND OLIVES FOCACCIA
This is a fantastic recipe for focaccia bread with all the yumminess of sardines, olives, and sun-dried tomatoes. You need to give this one a try!
Paleo Sardine Pate
Sweet caramelized onion gives this sardine pate a distinctive and delicious flavor.
Sardine Pasta Bolognese with Red Wine
This paleo friendly sardine and pasta dish is fantastic! the Bolognese sauce with red wine, sun-dried and fresh tomatoes is unforgettable!
Couscous Pizza Base with Sardines
Homemade pizza dough made of couscous and topped with tomatoes and sardines. I may have found a new favorite dish! You'll have to try it, too!
Spicy Sardine Sandwich
This spicy sardine sandwich can be ready to eat in less than 15 minutes! Have it for breakfast, lunch, supper, or a snack...your choice!
Cream of Sardines with Smoked Salmon and Capers
Sardines, Laughing Cow cheese, olive oil, and mustard...that's all you need to create this delicious cream of sardines. Add salmon slivers for garnish...you'll be in love with this dish. It can be served as a snack or appetizer.
Seafood Mac + Cheese with Sardines
A new twist on an old idea...macaroni and cheese with sardines! You'll love this delicious dish!