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Ways to Cook Canned Sardines

Canned sardines (sardinas) is possibly the most common food stock item for groceries. It's probably even more popular now in quarantine because it's affordable and easy to prepare. Just open a can and serve with cooked rice, another staple food in most Asian nations. Aside from this, there are numerous other ways to serve canned sardines to spice it up a bit. Here are some of them.

Ways to Cook Canned Sardines

Ways to Cook Canned Sardines

I'm not a chef nor a good home cook but assuming that everyone at least know basic cooking techniques, the suggestions below will be easy to do. But before anything else, just note that most of the simple recipes only work with the canned sardines in tomato sauce variant. 

Soup Style

The easiest recipe is to make a simple soup of canned sardines sautéed in garlic and onion (ginisa) with water as the soup base.

Sardines in soup also complement several vegetables such as the regular cabbage, pechay (Chinese cabbage), chayote, potato, and even noodles. Some of the veggies can be combined too, like varieties of cabbage. As for noodles, it's the instant type from groceries. Just remove the seasoning before cooking with sardinas

Fried with Eggs

Canned sardines can be fried with egg as well. But unlike the soup style the tomato sauce should be removed first. Next, mash the sardines with a spoon and mix it with the beaten eggs before frying. You may or may not add additional seasoning like salt or pepper as the canned sardines is already seasoned. 

Fish Balls

This will follow the basic fish balls recipe but the canned sardines will be used instead of fish fillet. Just mix all ingredients together in bowl before deep frying. The usual ingredients include flour, baking powder, cornstarch, salt, sugar, minced garlic and chopped spring onions. 

As An Added Ingredient

Sardines in can is also effective as a replacement for meat in some dishes including ginisa (sautéed) munggo (mung beans), black beans, upo (calabash), patola (luffa) and miswa (misua). The same applies to the Ilocano dish dinengdeng or it's Tagalog counterpart, pinakbet. 

I've also seen home cooks and aspiring chefs elevate sardinas by using them in pasta, pizza and more. 

There are definitely a lot more creative ways to cook canned sardines. If you know any, share it with us! 

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