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How to make sardines taste good?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 16, 2012 at 10:37 PM

I love that sardines pack a good dose of healthy n3 in a very convenient tin that stores well. But, I don't particularly like the taste. I do find that if I blend sardines they taste better.

Does anyone have any tricks (recipes) that make sardines taste yummy?

8634d4988ced45a68e2a79e69cc01835

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Chipotle tobasco is a gift from the LORD!

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on May 15, 2013
at 07:42 PM

I've tried some really bad sardines, and some really good ones. I don't want to sound like a food elitist, but really the only sardines I buy anymore are Wild Planet. Best tasting (and probably quality) brand I've trie yet.

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on January 29, 2013
at 06:31 PM

Fisherman's Eggs cook wonderfully in a muffin pan if you don't have an oven serving dish; they make them into little sardine cakes (perfect for snacking). Just throw one egg in each muffin tray instead of all four.

Aa748fb43334ffd2db3934aa00874bbe

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on September 19, 2012
at 08:54 PM

Holy crap, that sounds so good.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on September 19, 2012
at 01:23 AM

I am literally eating canned sardines with raw kim chee right now! I don't do it to cover up the taste of the sardines, though. I like the taste. With salt, of course.

Ba1c998b18470309687f07606767668a

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on September 17, 2012
at 04:05 PM

I *love* fresh sardines grilled. Delicious and completely different to canned. They're not super expensive and can be frozen, so not that inconvenient. (And relying on canned food doesn't feel particularly in keeping with paleo to me)

8634d4988ced45a68e2a79e69cc01835

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on September 17, 2012
at 02:57 PM

You quit eating them. ;-) I hear you. I haven't found a way for them not to make me gag. Although for me it's more of a texture thing. Those crispy little dangling spines. Ugh!

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

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on September 17, 2012
at 05:26 AM

I use the sardines in H2O with my BAS and I add a sliced up hard boiled egg or two.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on September 17, 2012
at 03:53 AM

What's wrong with the heads and bones? Good calcium!

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on September 17, 2012
at 12:45 AM

Makes me think of http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6R5xcydYKqU

E17fe88b98575c183241fba50ae42b93

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on September 17, 2012
at 12:43 AM

I seriously do put that shit on everything!

35b2cb4d450e5288895c255dfdfff35d

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on September 17, 2012
at 12:38 AM

I have a German Shepherd. She liked sardines!

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on September 17, 2012
at 12:34 AM

+1 for chipotle tabasco! That stuff is amazing. Between it and sriracha, my hot sauce needs are covered.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on September 17, 2012
at 12:34 AM

More for me, then! I am not easily grossed out by food (unless it is slimy).

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on September 17, 2012
at 12:27 AM

I've tried all three. Mustard is great, but I could not deal with the eggs.... Going on that point, Mustard and Crystal can sit in your desk drawer for snacking at work.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on September 17, 2012
at 12:20 AM

The name "fisherman's eggs" sounds like...well...let's just say my legs are crossed. SICK.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on September 16, 2012
at 11:59 PM

Different fish, but the application may work on sardines.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on September 16, 2012
at 11:51 PM

Yeah I like straight sardines, but if not my 3 go toos are hot sauce, mustard, and eggs.

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on September 16, 2012
at 10:53 PM

I usually reserve my kimchee for sliced roast beef ...

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on September 16, 2012
at 10:39 PM

...or in a salad with olives and feta.

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on September 16, 2012
at 10:39 PM

on toast with cottage cheese!

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61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on September 17, 2012
at 12:05 AM

You open the can! :)

But srsly, my favorite sardine application is Fisherman's Eggs! http://www.chow.com/food-news/47126/7-things-to-do-with-canned-sardines/ Basically sardines baked with eggs on top, add some garlic/onion, that type of stuff to your taste. Great served with kale or collards, hot sauce optional. I like the Wild Planet sardines in marinara best for this.

I also loved sardines in EVOO on a salad with avocado, tomato, cucumber, and a little vinegar of your choice. Salt and pepper and it's an instant dressing.

They're also good mixed in crab cakes (not the bready kind, Paleo-police!!!)

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on September 17, 2012
at 12:34 AM

More for me, then! I am not easily grossed out by food (unless it is slimy).

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 17, 2012
at 12:20 AM

The name "fisherman's eggs" sounds like...well...let's just say my legs are crossed. SICK.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on September 17, 2012
at 12:45 AM

Makes me think of http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6R5xcydYKqU

Medium avatar

(100)

on January 29, 2013
at 06:31 PM

Fisherman's Eggs cook wonderfully in a muffin pan if you don't have an oven serving dish; they make them into little sardine cakes (perfect for snacking). Just throw one egg in each muffin tray instead of all four.

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Af3e3615beba642bcafd0f21d64d74f7

on September 16, 2012
at 11:20 PM

quality sardines (wild planet) taste better than cheap tinned sardines

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7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

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on September 16, 2012
at 10:48 PM

I find canned sardines go nicely with kimchee. The strong flavors of the kimchee cover up the sardines.

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(2923)

on September 16, 2012
at 10:53 PM

I usually reserve my kimchee for sliced roast beef ...

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on September 19, 2012
at 01:23 AM

I am literally eating canned sardines with raw kim chee right now! I don't do it to cover up the taste of the sardines, though. I like the taste. With salt, of course.

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Daee038b2da136bc8e817e3889c746c5

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on February 26, 2013
at 11:43 AM

I would say, if you don't like them - don't eat them. It's just not worth it!

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7e1433afbb06c318c4d90860d493c49d

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on September 18, 2012
at 11:42 PM

Feed them to an animal that will eat sardines and then eat that animal.

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7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on September 17, 2012
at 04:55 AM

My big ass salads (I miss them dearly) but once we get back to Israel where they have decent lettuce leaves and avocados I throw in tomato, cucumber, lots of lettuce , can of sardines in olive oil (don't dare drain them you miss out on a lot of flavouring) and half a avocado to top it all. Mix and season with salt and herbs if you wish. That is usually the highest carb meal I have. Except the days I have beef liver mixed with scrambled eggs and tomato paste (the concentration of tomatoes really deliver the carbs) but later through the day is usually carb free or at least very low.

I also eat sardines right out of the tin with salt, curry or other yummy spices. I have yet tried them with eggs.

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

(5231)

on September 17, 2012
at 05:26 AM

I use the sardines in H2O with my BAS and I add a sliced up hard boiled egg or two.

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Efd28623add25421afa2884b466163c4

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on September 17, 2012
at 01:47 AM

Look for Brisling sardines. They're smaller, taste better, and you can eat the bones. Or don't, because they're already too expensive and I don't need anyone else discovering them!

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1c63cd0ddc147bdf3167e7b4a44da969

on September 17, 2012
at 12:02 AM

Get really good sardines that have been cleaned well, heads removed & deboned, packed in good olive oil.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on September 17, 2012
at 03:53 AM

What's wrong with the heads and bones? Good calcium!

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F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

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on September 16, 2012
at 11:40 PM

Buy REAL sardines, not in a can, and grill them. Sea salt, ground pepper, a little lemon. Yum. It's like the difference between Chicken of the Sea and a nicely seared Ahi.

But I know, not as practical.

Ba1c998b18470309687f07606767668a

(161)

on September 17, 2012
at 04:05 PM

I *love* fresh sardines grilled. Delicious and completely different to canned. They're not super expensive and can be frozen, so not that inconvenient. (And relying on canned food doesn't feel particularly in keeping with paleo to me)

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Aa748fb43334ffd2db3934aa00874bbe

on September 16, 2012
at 11:35 PM

Be really, really hungry.

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F76e0742f9992a37f213220c81195686

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on September 16, 2012
at 11:16 PM

I'm not sure if sardines and anchovies are the same thing, but if they are - my favorite way to eat them (anchovies) is melted down in grass fed butter and olive oil (they disappear). Once they reduce, I sautee veggies in the mixture. Shredded cabbage is my current obsession in this sauce. It gives the veggies a salty/nutty flavor.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on September 16, 2012
at 11:59 PM

Different fish, but the application may work on sardines.

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E17fe88b98575c183241fba50ae42b93

(398)

on September 16, 2012
at 11:12 PM

I eat sardines with chipotle tabasco sauce, or with sauerkraut. I don't particularly care for them on their own, but when I eat them with something tangy, they're a lot tastier!

E17fe88b98575c183241fba50ae42b93

(398)

on September 17, 2012
at 12:43 AM

I seriously do put that shit on everything!

8634d4988ced45a68e2a79e69cc01835

(1617)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Chipotle tobasco is a gift from the LORD!

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on September 17, 2012
at 12:34 AM

+1 for chipotle tabasco! That stuff is amazing. Between it and sriracha, my hot sauce needs are covered.

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5249df0c1098a8ea4607cc305f0cbdcf

on September 16, 2012
at 11:09 PM

Sauerkraut!

and

I second Kimchee!

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on September 16, 2012
at 10:52 PM

Homemade Caesar dressing

Nom Nom Paleo posted a recipe today for a general purpose sauce using anchovies and capers: Leon's Caper and Anchovy Miracle Sauce

Use as a salt source in other dishes (instead of adding salt or fish sauce or coconut aminos)

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0b7c3e7fd96005f0b2dfd781e512fc2e

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on May 15, 2013
at 10:50 PM

I break them up and mix them in a salad (usually stuff like spinach, cucumber, peppers and tomato). It makes the texture bearable and gives me a fat source with my vegetables for better nutrient absorption. Tastes pretty good too.

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8bf17cdd5e9ce249d9c119012c496f86

on May 15, 2013
at 07:05 PM

I eat them with caramelized onions, or eggs, or with garlic...they are fantastic. Try them with good mustard or hot sauce. I absolutely love wild planet's sardines and they are a pretty good price too.

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22d1e1fe3acb424696c81b523502b984

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on May 01, 2013
at 01:08 PM

Sardines, arugula, lemon juice, a nice piquant olive oil, salt and pepper, avocado, green or black olives. Mmmm.

Honestly though, before I started to appreciate sardines, I would cover them in hot sauce and eat them with avocado ;)

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on February 26, 2013
at 12:03 PM

sardines broken up & put into an omlette, then add hot sauce (which probly contains sugar, so maybe leave the hot sauce)

i eat that pretty much everyday

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Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

on February 26, 2013
at 11:41 AM

This hasn't been mentioned... it might be worth your while to spring for the expensive ones. They tend to have way more of a clean fish flavor.

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Aeb34822732d3ff78a8085a71f1baebe

on September 18, 2012
at 11:32 PM

Try "white sardines" you might like them better. They are really delicious. Sardines are so good for you. Kudos to you for sticking in there and trying to eat them.

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A90dfb3c8b984191d8102ccfc0203e90

on September 17, 2012
at 09:34 AM

Used to hate them, but learned to embrace them. I buy the ones packed in EVOO. I hate the fishy smell so I just rinse the sardines a couple of times and maybe let them soak in water a bit before rinsing again. The smell goes away with the oil and it tastes a million times better. Almost like tuna.

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C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on September 17, 2012
at 02:31 AM

Put mustard on them. Or marinara.

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194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on September 17, 2012
at 02:26 AM

I like mixing sardines with tahini and sea salt. It's like a flavor- and nutrient-dense tuna salad. Throw in some finely chopped raw onion, maybe some hot sauce, and I'd say you're good to go. If it's too dense you can add an acidic liquid, like lemon or apple cider vinegar or my recent favorite: pickle brine. Or just water if you're boring.

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on September 17, 2012
at 01:37 AM

cover in chocolate and deep fry in veggie oil?????

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D41bd7b3d3b962eb0146f471eb632f56

on September 16, 2012
at 11:50 PM

I ate sardines at a Spanish tapas bar and I've been trying to recreate that experience ever since. They were broiled with lemon butter, garlic, parsley, dill, and sherry. At home I do pretty much the same thing but I use whatever wine I have on hand. Vermouth is pretty good in it. I do prefer mine warm.

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1b622adbd40facdc6e141d32f3a5945f

on September 16, 2012
at 11:49 PM

I jazz up my canned sardines by rolling them in shredded coconut and then frying them in a little grass fed ghee or coconut oil.

Aa748fb43334ffd2db3934aa00874bbe

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on September 19, 2012
at 08:54 PM

Holy crap, that sounds so good.

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on September 16, 2012
at 10:49 PM

Crystal hot sauce.... So good, really cuts against the saltiness of the sardines

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on September 17, 2012
at 12:27 AM

I've tried all three. Mustard is great, but I could not deal with the eggs.... Going on that point, Mustard and Crystal can sit in your desk drawer for snacking at work.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on September 16, 2012
at 11:51 PM

Yeah I like straight sardines, but if not my 3 go toos are hot sauce, mustard, and eggs.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on September 16, 2012
at 10:46 PM

Eat something else.

Yes, I know that isn't your question.

It is pragmatic though. Many, many, many foods have a good 3:6 ratio so why eat something you don't like?

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B8139a868ab2e819ca6e582f1f064426

on July 23, 2014
at 06:09 AM

I prepare mine, cut the heads off gut them and don't worry about the bones I eat them for calcium. I fry in coconut oil or EVOO and serve them with veggies cooked in tomato puree with herbs and spices and mix the fried sardines in with the vegetables and I like to fry garlic and chilli with the sardines and recently I've started using limes for a zesty flavour. So in a nutshell add variety to your dishes and add lots of ingredients to disguise unpleasant tastes.

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4e184df9c1ed38f61febc5d6cf031921

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on July 23, 2014
at 06:01 AM

Why not try herring? Just as nutritious as sardines, and prepared in so many ways. I LOVE the Ikea herrings in dill....

Otherwise, buy sardines canned in spring water, break up with a fork and mix with chopped onion, a little dried dill and a small amount of dijon. Leave to absorb the flavours for an hour or so and serve with salad. It tastes surprisingly good...

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on July 23, 2014
at 04:45 AM

People with high mercury levels are quite limited in the fish they can eat since Hg bioaccumulates. Sardines are still OK, and they are awfully convenient. This might be one reason for wanting to eat them despite not "liking" them. It took me a while to get over the (completely psychological) gag effect, but now I am enjoying the Wild Planet lemon ones mashed up with their oil in a salad with carrots, celery, and a.c. vinegar.

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on August 19, 2013
at 07:22 PM

CANNED in water: open can, rinse, drain, place sardines in a bowl, add 1 tbsp mustard, 1/2 avocado, some olive oil, some apple cider vinegar or lime juice, minced or dried garlic, salt & pepper to taste, mix and purée well using a fork then eat it with the same fork :)

CANNED in olive oil: same as above, but ignore the added olive oil

FRESH: heat a skillet/pan, put ~1 tsp coconut oil once hot put the fresh sardines in one layer until the pan is full wait two minutes then flip sardines on the other side and let them cook for 2 minutes, they should become crispy with a golden brown color.. get a flat dish, cover with a layer of a mix of fresh arugula and parsley, pus the sardines on top, sprinkle some ground CUMIN (yeah, this is important, it will not taste as amazing without cumin), salt (i use pink salt), pepper (freshly ground), I sometimes add some fresh lime juice too. I eat the entire fish: bones, tail and head when still hot, when I have left-over I never re-heat it and only then I discard the heads

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B668f9e9a60a54c01a275a14b68a843e

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on July 28, 2013
at 03:59 PM

Loads of balsamic vinegar and olive oil

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on July 28, 2013
at 02:15 PM

BBQ, them. Use a Japanese bbq sauce similar to what is used on unagi. Serve over white rice for some "poor man's" unadon.

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C16e2e3642960bfaabee1c1c7fbf9df1

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on July 28, 2013
at 12:48 PM

Like other people have said, real sardine or herring fresh is absolutely gorgeous. I could actually drink the oil that comes from it.

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7d2d340c825d68ba523cff9b0d501c9f

on July 28, 2013
at 04:38 AM

Put some fresh zest of lemon and about 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar & even a little file (ground sassafras. I find it almost completely neutralized the fishiness. Check out Alton Browns Sardine-Avocado recipe. Good luck!

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on February 26, 2013
at 02:38 AM

i eat them with mustard on top. they aren't my favorite fish but i'll eat them if i'm really hungry.

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on February 26, 2013
at 02:36 AM

Thank you so much for this thread. I hate sardines so much but I know there's a way to make them tolerable, the health benefits and price is so worth it. Right now I have a paste of some recipe that tastes like bad fish and I am going through these suggestions to find help. I am eating it with pickled jalepino slices right now. I LOVE pickled jalepinos but it's not much of a meal. Tahini next? I had actually thought of adding that to the sardines but I worry that I get my cooking ideas from Oscar the Grouch sometimes. I'll also keep trying the different brands. That means I have to keep track. King Oscar Mediterranean is a "no".

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45ace03a0eff1219943d746cfb1c4197

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on September 17, 2012
at 01:55 AM

I have never met a sardine I didn't love. I guess I don't really understand the question.

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on September 16, 2012
at 11:09 PM

If you have a cat, she may just like them as is....straight from the can, lol. Why eat them if they don't taste great? Plenty of other options....

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on September 17, 2012
at 12:38 AM

I have a German Shepherd. She liked sardines!

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