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All Recipes, Tapas / August 7, 2023

Canned Sardines with Vegetables | EASY & DELICIOUS Recipe from Spain

These Canned Sardines with Vegetables, known in Spain as Sardinas en Conserva con Verduras, is what simple and delicious food is all about. We´re talking a ton of great flavors, effort-less to put together and all done in under 30 minutes.

Canned Sardines with Vegetables
Serve this dish as a tapas appetizer or even as a main course. It works great next to some Garlic Roasted Potatoes and a bottle of Spanish wine. Either way, make sure to serve it next to a crunchy baguette, to mop up all that goodness.

Canned Sardines with Vegetables
What really flavors the vegetables is the sweet smoked Spanish paprika. Adding the perfect balance of smokiness and a hint of sweetness. You can also add in a little chili powder to the vegetables to give them a spicy kick.

Canned Sardines with Vegetables

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: You can serve this dish warm, at room temperature or even chilled. It will hold in the fridge for up to 3 to 4 days in an air-tight container for future use.

Canned Sardines with Vegetables

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Watch the Video Below on How to Make these Spanish Canned Sardines with Vegetables

Canned Sardines with Vegetables
5 from 2 votes

Spanish Canned Sardines with Vegetables

Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 285 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 45 ml
  • 1 onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 4 tomatoes
  • 1 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika
  • 10 black pitted olives
  • 2 cans sardines in olive oil 4.2 oz / 120 grams each
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper
  • handful fresh parsley


  1. Thinly slice the onion, roughly chop the garlic, thinly slice the bell pepper and finely grate the tomatoes

  2. Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in the olive oil

  3. After a couple of minutes add in the chopped vegetables, except for the grated tomato, mix every 30 seconds so everything evenly sautees, after 6 to 7 minutes and vegetables are lightly sauteed, add in the paprika, quickly mix together, then add in the grated tomatoes, the black olives (thinly sliced) and season with sea salt & black pepper, mix together and then simmer without mixing

  4. Once the grated tomatoes have slightly thickened, about 5 to 6 minutes, remove the pan from the heat, transfer into a large serving dish

  5. Crack open the cans of sardines, gently remove the sardines and add over the vegetables, all in a single layer, give each one a gentle flip so they´re fully coated in the mixture, sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Spanish Canned Sardines with Vegetables
Amount Per Serving
Calories 285 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
Cholesterol 91mg30%
Sodium 361mg16%
Potassium 665mg19%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 1490IU30%
Vitamin C 44mg53%
Calcium 277mg28%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Will J

    5 stars

    After you’ve made this a few times according to to Alberto’s excellent instructions, you can start thinking of this as more of a technique than a recipe. I add a red bell pepper because I think that the green one is lonely all by itself. I’ve substituted canned tomato sauce for the grated tomatoes in one version and in another version I made it with a pint of whole cherry tomatoes (gently smash them after about 7 minutes and add a few extra minutes to the simmer time at the end). I make a batch of the vegetables and portion it out and refrigerate it. When future me wants dinner, I gently reheat the vegetables and marry them to the sardines.

    05 . May . 2024
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      05 . May . 2024
  2. Christine

    5 stars
    My family is trying to consume more canned sardines, because they are healthy, economical and sustainable. But we were not that excited about them, until we tried this recipe! This is delicious! I used canned tomatoes instead of fresh and green olives instead of black. So tasty, fast and easy. We enjoyed this with a loaf of crusty sourdough bread. Next time I’ll try it with your recipe for roasted potatoes. Thank you!

    06 . Apr . 2024
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      06 . Apr . 2024
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  4. Jared

    Could you use the olive oil from the sardine tins to cook the veggies?

    07 . Aug . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      If you like! I just prefer to use a higher quality EVOO to cook the vegetables 🙂 Much love

      07 . Aug . 2023
  5. Ramya

    Cant wait to make this soon for me can i use tofu and skip green bell pepper as am not a big fan of green bell pepper i never had spanish canned sardines with vegetables before perfect for my after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    07 . Aug . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      07 . Aug . 2023

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