Have you ever tried a sardine? One of our favorite things to do here at Wild Planet is to convert people into sardine-lovers. Our latest converts is one of our #wildlygood Brand Ambassadors, Kim, from Forever Green Mom. In her blog post “20 Ways to Eat A Sardine” Kim shares why she decided to give sardines a try, along with 20 tips from her and her friends on Facebook on how to eat a sardine. Continue reading and comment below if Kim convinced you to try your first sardine!


Sardines. Did you know these cute little fish called sardines are packed with an abundance of nutrients, such as omega-3? Wild Planet Wild Sardines is a true nutritional powerhouse and a significant source of omega-3, protein, Vitamin D, iron, and calcium.

Before we get to 20 ways to eat a sardine + sardine recipes, let me give you more reasons why you need to be adding sardines as a pantry staple.

DELICIOUS!
Scale-free, meaty, tender, and full of flavor – they’ll change the way you think about sardines!

VERSATILE!

(Not pictured: Wild Sardines in Water with Sea Salt)
An easy addition to salads, sandwiches, pasta dishes, and snacks, or enjoy them straight from the can!

AVAILABLE IN SEVEN VARIETIES!
(Not pictured: Wild Sardines in Water with Sea Salt)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil with Lemon, in Marinara Sauce, Water with Sea Salt, Water No Salt

Also, and I love this part – Wild Planet Foods Sardines (along with all of their products) are sustainably and wild caught and not farm raised.

Okay, so I asked a few friends on Facebook how they eat a sardine and here are their answers (1-8). Most people said their favorite way to eat a sardine is “straight out of the can.” Nine through 20 are from Wild Planet’s 50 Ways to Eat a Sardine Recipe Book.

20 WAYS TO EAT A SARDINE + RECIPES

  1. Straight out of the can
  2. On a cracker
  3. Add mustard to that cracker
  4. Mix it with mayo, salt & pepper…kind of like tuna
  5. Saute in oil, garlic, onions, and tomato with a bit of lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Gets rid of fishy smell and taste, and eat with a bowl of rice!
  6. Toss a few in a salad
  7. Put a few in a pasta dish
  8. And of course, straight out of the can
  9. On a sandwich with cream cheese and a thin slice of red onion (yum)
  10. Stuffed in a pepper for a tasty hors-d’oeuvre
  11. Mash sardines with Wild Planet sockeye salmon and spread on a toasted bagel smeared in cream cheese
  12. Sardine tacos! Foods to use: Sriracha mayo, avocado, sliced radishes, chopped purple cabbage, cilantro and a squeeze of lime
  13. For breakfast. Take two hard-boiled eggs, spread out on a bagel, top with slices of tomato and sardines
  14. Make a dip, such as spinach & artichoke. Add in chopped sardines
  15. Add a sardine or two to your favorite egg salad sandwich
  16. Serve as a 3-ingredient appetizer by using a toothpick and layer a sardine, artichoke heart, and a cherry tomato
  17. Sardine sushi roll
  18. Dip in hummus
  19. Make a dip: Mash together sardines, mayo, chopped parsley, capers, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. Serve with crackers and chips.
  20. Pesto! Process a handful of fresh basil, toasted pine nuts, EVOO, cracked pepper, shredded parmesan cheese and two sardines packed in EVOO.

There you go – 20 ways to eat a sardine. A few recipes are below.

RECIPES

SARDINE PIZZA
Directions:
Spread a thin layer of tomato sauce over a pizza dough crust or flatbread. Top with sardines packed in EVOO, and green olive halves. Broil until heated through (5-7 mins). Top pizza with arugula drenched in olive oil and parmesan cheese and cracked pepper – yum!

SARDINE SUSHI ROLL
Directions:
Place a half piece of nori on a sushi mat (shiny side down) and add a layer of seasoned sushi rice. Layer thin strips of sardines packed in water, avocado, and cucumber sticks. Squeeze lemon over and roll. Cut into 6-8 pieces and top with a drizzle of spicy mayo, black sesame seeds, and chopped cilantro.

SARDINE POWER LUNCH
Ingredients:

  • One can (4.4oz) Wild Planet Wild Sardines in EVOO, EVOO with Lemon, or Water.
  • 1/2 a ripe avocado, peeled and mashed with a fork.
  • Toasted bread, crackers, tortilla chips or something similar
  • Fresh lemon or lime wedges
  • Hot sauce to taste (optional)

Directions:
Place sardines on a cutting board. Separate the two sides, and cut each side into two or three pieces. Set aside. Spread mashed avocado on toasted bread or other ”base.” Top with sardine pieces. Squeeze fresh lemon or lime juice over; add hot sauce to taste.

If you love these 20 Ways to Eat A Sardine + Recipes please share with your friends! And tell me – how do YOU eat a sardine?

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The views and opinions expressed in this post are solely those of the author and are not necessarily a reflection of the opinions and views of Wild Planet Foods. The content provided (and any linked or referenced materials) should not be construed as medical advice. Should you have any health or nutrition-related questions, please consult a doctor or healthcare practitioner.

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