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Ways to eat sardines that don't involve a cracker/bagel?

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Created June 19, 2011 at 5:07 AM

I got some Brunswick sardines in olive oil and opened them up. I think I expected some tiny anchovies or something, but these things are big. Not to mention almost whole (headless but have skin, bones, organs). I did a quick search on what I should do to eat these (I don't think I can stand eating them plain) and all the suggestions involve spreading onto a cracker/bagel. So what are paleo ways to eat large, whole sardines? These are a great travel food so I want to learn to love these lol.

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on April 07, 2017
at 02:05 PM

Mimi_1: We made your sardine, caramelized onion, and potato "hash" this morning and it was flavorful! We didn't add any extra salt to the sardines, but the sprinkled paprika was a nice touch. We are currently on day 23 of the Whole30, so this was a welcome switch from eggs for breakfast. Thank you for the recipe/suggestion! 

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on January 11, 2012
at 08:49 AM

I think they are great cooked (well, "heated"). The skin becomes less sticky and it's more pleasurable. I like them with onions, with potatoes, with rice, on a salad, on their own... I love sardines :D

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on January 11, 2012
at 08:13 AM

If you have a cat, the head, guts, spine, tail are very good for the cat's health. You eat the flesh, give the bony stuff to the cat.

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on January 11, 2012
at 08:10 AM

You want to cook them just enough to warm them up and give them a slight crispy crust. If they were fresh sardines, you'd want to grill them until nice and crusty on both sides. /// Lemon or basil would also give a nice flavor, maybe cooked with sliced fried red peppers. Lemon and basil tones down the fatty taste of sardines, if you're not too fond of it ///

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on January 10, 2012
at 11:07 PM

First time I have seen them cooked. Broiling could be fun.

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on July 04, 2011
at 08:36 PM

@ Dave S - glad to hear you enjoyed it.

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on July 04, 2011
at 07:26 PM

Josh, I just made this - eating as a dip with pork rinds - delish!

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on July 04, 2011
at 07:00 PM

somehow pureed sardines seems less appetizing to me than eating them whole. it took me a little while to get used to the bones at first but now I love them.

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on July 04, 2011
at 06:57 PM

leftover salad/veggies with sardines or canned wild salmon are my quick-and-easy lunch to take to work. If I think I'll need a bigger lunch I throw in an avocado, an egg or some nuts as well.

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on June 22, 2011
at 06:09 AM

ok guys...I tried them straight out of the can with a fork, with a drop of Sriracha on top. And it was good! I thought the bones would be noticeably crunchy but I couldn't even taste them.

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on June 21, 2011
at 01:10 PM

Do you eat them right out of the tin or heat them? I have one too sitting in my pantry and I don't know what to do with them either.

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on June 20, 2011
at 09:34 PM

I'll have to try that too! sounds good

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at 02:20 PM

"Fish heads fish heads, Roly poly fish heads, Fish heads fish heads, Eat them up yum" - Barnes & Barnes

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at 01:50 PM

I do this at work when I don't just eat them straight from the can - especially since the "olive oil" in the cafeteria is actually a sneaky olive/canola blend (I had to ask to see the original jug it came in to find out for sure).

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on June 20, 2011
at 03:22 AM

I put butter on them. Or avocado. The butter in particular tastes awesome.

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on June 20, 2011
at 01:21 AM

I throw them in with some rice noodles and make myself a little asian soup (if you're into the rice gig).

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on June 19, 2011
at 10:51 PM

O.O That ... sounds good ... I must try this ...

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on June 19, 2011
at 09:03 PM

But I thought they were processed at a very low temp? I remember that discussion from not too long ago. Can't remember the exact numbers but it was very low and considered "safe" for the oils.

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on June 19, 2011
at 08:11 PM

You can add the olive oil after you open. I'd be worried about the oxidation from the canning process.

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on June 19, 2011
at 07:56 PM

But the ones in olive oil taste 1000% better than the ones in water.

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on June 19, 2011
at 07:55 PM

I mostly eat them this way too. The perfect quick and easy lunch.

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on June 19, 2011
at 05:51 PM

Agreed with the mustard. I just had some with olive oil, garlic powder, sea salt, and honey mustard. Literally amazing.

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on June 19, 2011
at 05:27 PM

I got some with roe a couple months ago...I was excited at first, cuz roe is delicious! not so much with canned sardines...it was kind of ashy.

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on June 19, 2011
at 05:15 PM

never thought about putting them with scrambled eggs. had them with hard boiled eggs plenty-a-time. but not with scrambled or fried eggs like for breakfast. brain block. thanks peter.

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on June 19, 2011
at 04:19 PM

Yea, grab a fork and dig in. Eat whole, no need to wash clean or anything. Fork is optional.

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on June 19, 2011
at 04:08 PM

Brunswick also makes different varieties of canned herring fillets. I eat a tin of smoked herring every day. 2.5 g of omega 3 goodness per serving + 80% DV of selenium.

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on June 19, 2011
at 02:09 PM

Eat the little fishies plain and whole my friend!

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on June 19, 2011
at 06:36 AM

capers, mustard, celery, bell pepper!

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on June 19, 2011
at 05:58 AM

Hmmm I have used black olives when I had no feta.

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on June 19, 2011
at 05:55 AM

oooh - that sounds really good. Any substitutes for the feta? I'm trying to avoid dairy right now.

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on June 19, 2011
at 05:39 AM

Mash them in with avocado, a little salt & pepper, some feta cheese, some dried basil, a dash of fresh lemon juice - wrap in a romaine lettuce leaf and enjoy.

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on June 19, 2011
at 05:55 AM

oooh - that sounds really good. Any substitutes for the feta? I'm trying to avoid dairy right now.

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(11121)

on June 19, 2011
at 05:58 AM

Hmmm I have used black olives when I had no feta.

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on June 19, 2011
at 06:36 AM

capers, mustard, celery, bell pepper!

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on June 19, 2011
at 10:51 PM

O.O That ... sounds good ... I must try this ...

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on July 04, 2011
at 08:36 PM

@ Dave S - glad to hear you enjoyed it.

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on July 04, 2011
at 07:26 PM

Josh, I just made this - eating as a dip with pork rinds - delish!

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on June 19, 2011
at 05:26 AM

Make some homemade mayonnaise with good eggs, light olive oil or macadamia oil, lemon juice, champagne vinegar and sea salt.

Wrap a sardine in a lettuce leaf with a slice of avacado and a dollop of your mayonnaise. MMMM.

EDIT: I also empty the contents of the can into a small pyrex glass bowl, season with oregano, dash of thyme and marjoram, cracked black pepper, then crack two whole eggs on top. Bake in a 350 degree oven til the egg whites are somewhat firm and white. Top with grated raw pecorino romano or a smear of your mayonnaise. Also MMM.

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on June 19, 2011
at 05:14 AM

With a fork! Or on cucumber slices or wrapped in a lettuce leaf.

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on June 19, 2011
at 07:17 AM

scrambled eggs.

brown some onions and capsicum, add some garlic and mushrooms , then add chopped tomatoes, spinach and sardines (break them up), then scramble your eggs in with some chopped parsley. i normally put a little grated cheese on top at the end as well, but i put grated cheese on everything.

are you sure they still have the organs? i find this highly unorthodox.

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on June 19, 2011
at 05:15 PM

never thought about putting them with scrambled eggs. had them with hard boiled eggs plenty-a-time. but not with scrambled or fried eggs like for breakfast. brain block. thanks peter.

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on June 19, 2011
at 05:49 AM

First up I recommend not getting the ones in Oil (even if it is 100% Olive), go with spring water for a good omega balance!

I too don't particularly enjoy eating them straight (although possible). I usually rice some cauliflower or boil some chopped asian cabbage and at the end throw the sardines in and mash em up so the bones are nice and small. I usually add a few tbs of coconut oil and some nori flakes at the end too, becomes a meal not so much a snack!

edit: above obviously isnt an option when on the move.. sorry.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

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on June 19, 2011
at 09:03 PM

But I thought they were processed at a very low temp? I remember that discussion from not too long ago. Can't remember the exact numbers but it was very low and considered "safe" for the oils.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on June 19, 2011
at 07:56 PM

But the ones in olive oil taste 1000% better than the ones in water.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on June 19, 2011
at 08:11 PM

You can add the olive oil after you open. I'd be worried about the oxidation from the canning process.

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on June 19, 2011
at 12:42 PM

I always eat them as my protein on a salad -- add some balsamic vinegar and you've got the oil in the sardines already.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

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on June 19, 2011
at 07:55 PM

I mostly eat them this way too. The perfect quick and easy lunch.

E7a462d6e99fec7e8f0ddda11b34a770

(1638)

on June 20, 2011
at 01:50 PM

I do this at work when I don't just eat them straight from the can - especially since the "olive oil" in the cafeteria is actually a sneaky olive/canola blend (I had to ask to see the original jug it came in to find out for sure).

8be12378a6d810513f69643e21218998

(153)

on July 04, 2011
at 06:57 PM

leftover salad/veggies with sardines or canned wild salmon are my quick-and-easy lunch to take to work. If I think I'll need a bigger lunch I throw in an avocado, an egg or some nuts as well.

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19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

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on January 10, 2012
at 09:04 PM

I know this is an old thread, but, come on, SARDINES!

Slice 1 onion.
You can also slice one tomato to cook with the onions, which will create a nice quick sauce. Slice 1 or 2 potatoes in a mandolin or the side of a box grater.

If you got a grill, heat it up, and grill your sardines (if you bought water or tomato packed, brush olive oil on the sardines, then sprinkle lots of salt and a little paprika or chili paste).
Otherwise, set your oven to broil, place sardines in a baking sheet in one layer only.
Broil just until warm and the skin has a slight crisp to it.

Heat 2 pans with some bacon fat, and fry the potatoes with some salt and pepper, and the onions with some garlic.
You might need to add a splash of water to the potatoes once they absorb all the fat, so they don't burn.

To serve, place the onions on top of the potatoes, and the sardines on top of the caramelized onions / onion sauce.
Enjoy the tasty fishies.

This is sort of what you'll get: (no potatoes on that pic, though)
ways-to-eat-sardines-that-don't-involve-a-cracker/bagel?

-- edit --

Lemon, basil or coriander will tone town the fatty texture/taste, if you're not too fond of it.
You could use that maybe with some fried sliced red peppers.

ways-to-eat-sardines-that-don't-involve-a-cracker/bagel?

And doesn't this just look delicious for a party (hopefully of open-minded people!)

ways-to-eat-sardines-that-don't-involve-a-cracker/bagel?

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

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on January 11, 2012
at 08:10 AM

You want to cook them just enough to warm them up and give them a slight crispy crust. If they were fresh sardines, you'd want to grill them until nice and crusty on both sides. /// Lemon or basil would also give a nice flavor, maybe cooked with sliced fried red peppers. Lemon and basil tones down the fatty taste of sardines, if you're not too fond of it ///

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

(2954)

on January 11, 2012
at 08:13 AM

If you have a cat, the head, guts, spine, tail are very good for the cat's health. You eat the flesh, give the bony stuff to the cat.

C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on January 10, 2012
at 11:07 PM

First time I have seen them cooked. Broiling could be fun.

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on January 11, 2012
at 08:49 AM

I think they are great cooked (well, "heated"). The skin becomes less sticky and it's more pleasurable. I like them with onions, with potatoes, with rice, on a salad, on their own... I love sardines :D

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on June 19, 2011
at 10:51 PM

Mash them up with some spicy sauce and some homemade mayo and wrap it in a nori seaweed sheet for some quick hand rolled sushi with no need for rice!

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on June 20, 2011
at 09:34 PM

I'll have to try that too! sounds good

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on June 19, 2011
at 08:00 PM

On low-carb days, I mash up a can of sardines with 1/2 cup of guacamole (I use the packages from the fridge) and eat it as a dip on pork skins. Hot sauce on top or mixed in is great too. Great, if a little stinky.

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on June 19, 2011
at 06:42 PM

I keep bottles of tabasco and balsamic vinegar at my desk. When I need a quick lunch, I'll drain a can of water-packed sardines and add a little of both. They're quite good that way.

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on June 19, 2011
at 04:15 PM

I have been eating the ones with olive oil, with some dried mustard sprinkled on. Yummy! I'll try the ones with water next but MUST HAVE MUSTARD!

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on June 19, 2011
at 05:51 PM

Agreed with the mustard. I just had some with olive oil, garlic powder, sea salt, and honey mustard. Literally amazing.

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on June 19, 2011
at 04:01 PM

I love to eat them right out of the can with Tapatio hot sauce!

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on September 04, 2011
at 08:53 AM

Mash, grab eggs and make a sardine omelette. Add salsa and a few green leaves [watercress goes particularly well with sardines].

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on September 04, 2011
at 05:15 AM

Green Beans, Hard Boiled Eggs, Olives, Capers, Sardines (packed in olive oil), Butter Lettuce & Red Onions

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on June 20, 2011
at 03:18 AM

1 Sardine, 1 slice of cream cheese. Crack pepper and sea salt. Cream cheese cuts the fish but not the cheese.

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on June 19, 2011
at 10:34 PM

I make a nice salad and dump the sardines on top. You don't even need dressing.

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on June 19, 2011
at 10:25 PM

I like them with whatever fermented pickley thing I happen to have on hand, and some fermented mustard...not plain, but close...good with avocado as well.

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on June 19, 2011
at 03:42 PM

If they are that big, wrap them in bacon and fry them up. I do that with other "pan fry" fish an it's really good.

If you want a to go, pop and eat option, I'd have to agree with the others who said to use a lettuce wrap.

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on June 19, 2011
at 02:08 PM

Come on! Sardines are awesome right out of the can. Use a fork. Drink the oil when you're done.

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on June 19, 2011
at 07:13 AM

I haven't yet come across any with organs.... but I eat them on a salad or straight out of the can. I find them milder than tuna so this seems easy to me, maybe it'd be different with the organs.

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on June 19, 2011
at 05:27 PM

I got some with roe a couple months ago...I was excited at first, cuz roe is delicious! not so much with canned sardines...it was kind of ashy.

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on June 19, 2011
at 05:16 AM

Use a lettuce leaf and wrap them up! You can also add more things in the wrap to make the flavor mild. Personally I like them right our of the can! But here in Sweden you can not buy them in good oil or sauce. :(

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on July 14, 2013
at 11:16 PM

I eat them as a quick breakfast meal...Sardine Fritters.. Mash up a can of sardines packed in water, one egg, and some diced red onion (i like using some hot sauce too)... Melt some grass fed butter in a pan and fry the mixture into 4 fritters and serve with sliced tomatoes.. Quite yummy!

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on June 29, 2012
at 03:31 AM

Bar Harbor brand makes sardines and kippers in water. Simply Sardines! Great from the can, but better with an avocado.

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on January 11, 2012
at 08:53 AM

I have a stack of the exact same brand of sardines (Brunswick in Olive oil) in my pantry! I eat them as is, bones and all. I saute some cabbage in fat, then dump onto them the sardines whole. I season the whole plate with salt, pepper, dried herbs, dried onion flakes and garlic granules. So good! :D

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on June 20, 2011
at 11:29 AM

I stick them in the food processor with some olive oil and balsalmic vinegar and dump it on a salad. Same with anchovies.

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on July 04, 2011
at 07:00 PM

somehow pureed sardines seems less appetizing to me than eating them whole. it took me a little while to get used to the bones at first but now I love them.

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on June 19, 2011
at 06:01 PM

they go well with mashed sweet potatoes. I bring potatoes in a glass jar and it makes a perfect meal.

Also, mine have the organs in them, you'll probably get used to the taste and be able to start eating them right out of the can like I do.

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on June 19, 2011
at 01:13 PM

Mash them with a fork and add some red wine or cider vinegar and maybe some mustard. This really cuts the strong flavor of the sardines.

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on June 19, 2011
at 05:23 AM

I love them mixed into tomato sauce.

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