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Oct 1, 2009 08:32 AM

Question about sardines...

I just came into posession of one tin of sardines in oil (long story), and
although I LOVE anchovies, I've never eaten a sardine in my life.
My embarassing question is this: Can I eat these things right out of the can or must I do something to them first?

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  1. You can eat them out of the can. And they're yummy.

    1. I eat sardines "right out of the can." Usually drain the liquid first, then sometimes as a topping for a tossed salad, sometimes as a sandwich with mustard, sliced tomato, thinly sliced onion,and lettuce. There are recipes for a sardine pasta sauce, much like aglio olio. Sardines are high in omega 3 fatty acids. BTW: you can eat the little bones too!

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      1. re: Gio

        Yes, there's a Sicilian pasta recipe with sardines, fennel, and breadcrumbs that's wonderful.

      2. My two favourite ways of eating canned sardines:

        -over steaming rice
        -quickly folded into freshly boiled pasta then seasoned to taste (I like to add salt and a squeeze lemon juice or a swish of vinegar)

        1. This is how we eat it in my family: mix 1 teaspoon sugar with 1/4 cup of white vinegar until dissolved, add some salt and pepper. Thinly slice some onion and let it marinate in the vinegar mixture for 5 mins. Open can of sardines and poor out most of the oil. Sardines on plate, top with vinegar and onions, sprinkle with chopped parsley or coriander and some hot pepper flakes and enjoy with toasted baguette.

          1. Right out of the can; depending on the quality of the fish and oil, I sometimes save the drained oil for dressing. I like a sprinkle of malt vinegar over the fish.