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Feb 8, 2014 09:58 PM

Sardine Condiments

So I'm always looking for new ways to enjoy my little fishy friends. Other than your standard hot sauce and crackers, how do you eat them? I've trolled the boards on the topic and everyone seems to talk about the same basic ways...I want wacky. Give me some out of the box (or tin!) ways to eat them!

What other condiments compliment them?

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  1. I love sardines with the bones in them. I eat them noisily like a fat greedy cat and make as many crunching noises as possible while doing so. Especially when my adult son and daughter were staying with me in 2012 because it made them very anxious hearing those noises:) Seriously I love them on toasted sourdough/rye/white bread with a large amount of very thinly sliced white onion and some sliced hard boiled egg. Maybe a tiny smear of grainy mustard or mayo maybe not.

    1. Grape Nuts.

      But only if they're tinned sardines in tomato sauce.

      No milk with the Grape Nuts cereal. Just in case you thought I was nuts. Or something.

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        THAT'S what I'm talkin' about! Weird! I can totally see that being good, though!

      2. Along side some blue cheese and some sipping scotch.

        Somehow it all works.

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        1. re: PHREDDY

          Very few things don't work with sipping scotch.

          Especially good sipping scotch.

            1. re: PHREDDY

              Sure, but I'm more of a Talisker fan myself.

              I'd buy you lots of tinned sardines if you can gin up a bottle of Talisker 35.

              I recently had the pleasure of sampling a Brora 32. I think I now owe that person my first born ...

              1. re: ipsedixit

                Not so sure I give up my kid, because they would probably send them back....but Talisker would work real well, even if you never opened the tin of sardines...
                Perhaps the best way to enjoy them is to have enough sippin stuff before, so you don't even realize you never opened the tin!

        2. Drain you the oil/water and add:

          Mojo- this looks like a good recipe:

          Olive oil that's been heated with thinly sliced garlic and chilis until the garlic is brown and crisp. Pour everything over the fishies, then squeeze on lemon juice.

          A mixture of lime juice, black pepper and fish sauce.

          An Asian vinaigrette made of soy sauce, grated ginger and garlic, rice wine vinegar, a little sugar, and toasted sesame oil.

          Asian peanut sauce.


          Pickled ginger.


          Wasabi mayo.

          1. Since you love sardines, I assume you are already familiar with the Society for the Appreciation of the Lowly Tinned Sardine, but if not: