Sardines with Sun-Dried Tomato and Capers Recipe -
Sardines with Sun-Dried Tomato and Capers Recipe
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Sardines with Sun-Dried Tomato and Capers

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"No cooking involved. This recipe is for busy people looking for an easy recipe; great for fish lovers, even those a bit skeptical of sardines. This recipe will become a staple in your diet. The ingredients really balance out the fishy flavor, and turn a can of sardines into a tasty, gourmet meal on-the-go. Pair with quinoa and a side of spinach (preferably sauteed in olive oil with lemon) for a complete lunch or dinner. This meal provides energy, focus, and saves you time and money."

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    10 mins

    10 mins


  1. Place the sardines on a small plate. Squeeze the lemon half over the sardines; season with salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, oregano, thyme, and crushed red pepper flakes. Scatter the garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, and capers over the mixture.
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Jul 15, 2011

FYI, this recipe will taste great without the sun-dried tomatoes and capers. And you can omit or decrease the amount of cayenne pepper. The key is seasoning with the herbs, garlic and lemon. Hope you enjoy!

Nov 28, 2011

Yummy yummy! As iloveolilveoil advises this recipe is super good even without the capers and sun dried tomatoes if you don't have them on hand. I'm easily turned off by the fishy flavour of plain sardines from a can but I've really been trying to find a way to make myself like them. The lemon, garlic and spices balance the strong flavour out very well... it's hard to believe I'm eating sardines! I used canned sardines with jalapeno peppers so to compensate for the spiciness I omitted the red pepper flakes. I think I could eat this everyday its just so easy, healthy and refreshing!

Jul 22, 2011

Great taste and an easy recipe. I would serve this at a party and bet people wouldn't know they were eating sardines. I just added all ingredients together and ate the paste on wasa flat bread

Dec 22, 2011

This was good. But lets face it.. it's canned sardines! So it wasn't mouth watering mm mm good. Still, a quick healthful and budget friendly recipe. I used wild caught organic sardines so for some reason I think they're fishier than regular. I did not add capers, sun dried, or red pepper flakes though next time (there will be a next time) I'll try it. I mixed this into fresh made quinoa which was awesome cause I never know what to put in quinoa. Added fresh diced tomatoes, parm. cheese, and a side of sauteed asparagus. Worked out great. Thank you for sharing this!

Jan 19, 2014

My father-in-law gave us a Costco mega-pack of sardines, and I've always been a little iffy on them (my husband loves them straight out of the can). This turned out delicious! I mixed the sardines, lemon juice and spices with a fork; stirred in the capers, tomatoes and a little more lemon juice and a couple of chopped kalamata olives. We just scooped it onto crackers for a quick lunch. I'll definitely be making this again!

Feb 15, 2012

I love this! Just had it for lunch as a sandwich and it was delicious! I left out the capers as I didn't have any and it is some of the most delicious sardines from a can I have ever had!

Mar 16, 2014

Delicious! I doubled this & made per recipe except for leaving out the thyme (don't have it & hate dried!) I ate 1/2 of it on Kashi heart healthy crackers, so this was a totally nutritious meal as well as tasty & filling. The Oscar's brisling sardines are excellent - not fishy & very tiny fish, so you don't have to deal with bones & scales. I loved getting the chewy pieces of tomato & crunch of capers and I will be making this at least weekly. Thanks for such a simple healthy recipe, iloveoliveoil!

Feb 05, 2014

This is a great fast way to get more sardines into your diet (they are packed with goodness and cost so much less than the salmon everyone seems bent on getting us to eat). I made this and served over mixed green with a dressing made from the olive oil the sardines were packed in and lemon juice. I also added a few pitted and coarsely chopped kalamata olives I had on hand. It was delicious! But of course, I bet it would be a five star amazing recipe with fresh Sardines.


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  • Calories
  • 234 kcal
  • 12%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 9.9 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 131 mg
  • 44%
  • Fat
  • 11.2 g
  • 17%
  • Fiber
  • 2.3 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 24.6 g
  • 49%
  • Sodium
  • 1252 mg
  • 50%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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