Sardines get a lot of hate for what seem to be silly reasons. Many people aren’t accustomed to their strong flavor and turn up their noses before they’ve even given sardines a fair chance. But they’re full of protein, calcium, and so many vitamins and minerals that any paleo eater is silly to neglect them as a food option. If you’re ready to give sardines a try (or you already love them!), here are a few recipes for you to check out.
1. Pan Fried Sardine Superfood Salad
This pan fried salad is a nutrient powerhouse meal with crispy sardines “breaded” in tapioca starch with cumin and chili powder. Serve it with purple sweet potatoes, Yukon gold potatoes, arugula, watercress, and a delicious dressing withw hole grain mustard and hot sauce.
2. Paleo Superfood Sardine Spread
This savory spread is excellent with cucumber slices for dipping, and is packed with flavor from the canned sardines to the garlic, sweet onion, lemon zest, and cayenne pepper. It’s protein-rich and would make a great addition to your packed work lunch!
3. Paleo Sardine Mousse
This easy mousse is full of nutrition, with gelatin to aid your digestive system and other collagen-dependent tissues. Coconut cream makes it extra creamy, while green onion, cilantro, and lemon add extra flavor. Give this mousse a try! I bet it’s fantastic with sliced cucumbers, or even paleo crackers.
4. Sardines Two Ways
What are those two ways, you ask? This recipe is for a sardine spread and a sardine pate. The pate can be made without any substitutions, as it uses butter, green onion, Dijon-style mustard, and other paleo ingredients. For the spread, you’ll want to use a paleo-friendly cream “cheese.”
5. Sardine Roasted Garlic Spread
Roasted garlic is an overlooked delicacy, in my opinion. It’s buttery-soft and mellow with a flavor that’s drastically different than raw garlic. This easy sardine spread uses plenty of roasted garlic with capers, red whine vinegar, olive oil, and protein-rich sardines.
6. Pan Fried Sardines
These pan fried sardines are coated in crushed pork rinds, giving them a fantastic flavor full of healthy fats. They’re perfect for a light lunch or snack with salted capers, arugula, cilantro, mint, garlic, and lime juice. Coconut or avocado oil are perfect for cooking these.
7. Paleo Sardine Stuffed Avocado
Full of healthy fats and vitamins, avocados make a lovely snack or lunchtime meal. Stuffed with extra ingredients, they’re turned from a humble fruit into a decadent dish. This stuffed avocado dish uses turmeric, paleo-friendly mayonnaise, spring onion, sardines, and fresh lemon juice.
8. Sardine and Sweet Potato Fish Cakes
These easy fish cakes are made with only four ingredients! All you need is sweet potato, canned cardines, onion, and eggs. Mashing the sardines with cooked sweet potato, dished onions, and beaten eggs creates a savory fish cake that’s full of flavor and protein.
9. Spicy Sardine Scramble
This easy recipe would be great for any meal of the day, and comes together just a few minutes with canned sardines, pasture-raised eggs, ghee or butter, broccoli slaw, cumin, chili powder, chipotle powder, and a touch of sea salt and optional lemon dressing. This sounds like a wake-you-up breakfast if I’ve ever tasted one.
10. Forshmak Deconstructed Salad
This blogger calls her recipe the tastiest way to eat sardines. I’ll let you be the judge, but it looks pretty good to me! For this salad you’ll use sun-dried tomatoes, red onion, paleo mayonnaise, lemon juice, celery, chili flakes, red pepper, and other strongly flavored ingredients.
11. Grain Free Sardine Fish Cakes
These fish cakes are bound with coconut flour, almond flour, and egg, and they’re flavored with mustard, dried parsley, and chopped green onion. The mustard adds a welcome spiciness to balance out the fishy flavor of the sardines. Yummy!
12. Caramelized Onion Sardine Pate
This recipe, which is GAPS-friendly, is made with just 4 ingredients. You’ll use butter, ghee, or coconut oil to deliciously caramelize a large onion and add tons of flavor to go with the sardines and freshly ground black pepper. Super savory and slightly sweet, this pate is awesome.
13. Paleo Fried Sardines
I love these little guys as a side dish, made with with wild-caught sardines, potato starch, garlic sea salt, and ground pepper. They have so much flavor and a crispy coating, too! You can cook these in ghee, avocado, or olive oil. I strongly recommend ghee because, well, it tastes amazing.
14. Parsnip and Sardine Cutlets
These cutlets are made with white sweet potato, parsnips, garlic, sardines, cod fish livers, lemon, capers, garlic, water chestnut flour, and a few other unique ingredients. With the cod fish livers, these cakes are packed with so many vitamins and nutrients!
15. Easiest Sardine Salad Ever
looks like the easiest sardine salad recipe ever. You’ll need romaine lettuce, radicchio, shredded carrots, and a simple apple cider vinaigrette made with olive oil and sea salt.
16. Super Healthy Omega 3 Sardine Salad Recipe
This yummy recipe uses avocado, garlic powder, and nutritional yeast, which gives it an almost cheesy, savory flavor with no dairy and extra vitamins! Cherry tomatoes add extra color, flavor, and nutrition to this salad, which you could easy pack and take to work.
17. Sardine Salad Dressing
This creative recipe is an idea I had never thought about before: sardine dressing! You’ll use a handful of simple ingredients to make an easy and silky sardine dressing that’s excellent over savory salads and can make them more filling and nutritious without a lot of effort.