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All Recipes, Tapas / January 4, 2023

Got Canned Sardines? Make these Spanish Sardines in Tomato Sauce

Canned sardines, some folks love them others can´t stand to be around them. In this recipe, I will show you how to make a dish using canned sardines that is so good, it promises to make you a believer. We´re talking Spanish Sardines in Tomato Sauce.

Spanish Sardines in Tomato Sauce
This dish is packed with flavors, easy to make and all done in about 20 minutes. Serve it as a tapas appetizer or even as a main course. Next to some roasted potatoes and a Spanish salad.

Spanish Sardines in Tomato Sauce
The secret to this recipe is to use some high-quality sardines in olive oil. As it makes all the difference. I also added some sweet smoked Spanish paprika into the tomato sauce. Which gives it a beautiful smoky touch.

Spanish Sardines in Tomato Sauce

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 5 days in an air-tight container.

Spanish Sardines in Tomato Sauce

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Spanish Sardines in Tomato Sauce
5 from 2 votes

Spanish Sardines in Tomato Sauce

Course Appetizer
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 266 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 2 cans sardines in olive oil 4 oz / 120 grams each
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 45 ml
  • 1 onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 5 tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 1.15 grams
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper
  • dash white sugar
  • handful fresh parsley


  1. Roughly chop the onion, roughly chop the garlic and cut the tomatoes into big chunks

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

  3. After a couple minutes add in the onion and garlic, mix with the olive oil, after 4 to 5 minutes and the onion is translucent, add in the paprika, give it a quick mix, then add in the chopped tomatoes, sea salt, black pepper and sugar, mix together, after 5 minutes and the tomatoes are lightly sauteed, turn off the heat and let the mixture cool

  4. Meanwhile, drain the olive oil from the cans of sardines and then gently remove the sardines from the can

  5. Once the tomato mixture has slightly cooled, add into a food processor and pulse for 30 to 60 seconds or until you end up with a smooth texture

  6. Transfer the tomato sauce into a serving dish, add the sardines over the tomato sauce, making sure to give them a gentle flip so they´re coated in the tomato sauce, sprinkle with finely chopped fresh parsley, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Get the Sweet Smoked Spanish Paprika I used to make this Recipe

Nutrition Facts
Spanish Sardines in Tomato Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 266 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 89mg30%
Sodium 201mg9%
Potassium 667mg19%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 1472IU29%
Vitamin C 24mg29%
Calcium 265mg27%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Grace Torre

    5 stars
    So simple – looks delicious – thanks for sharing and highlighting the important part to use good quality sardines packed in quality oil.
    Of course the bread is also important!
    Great and simple recipe 🙂

    08 . Sep . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Thanks for the comment! Much love 🙂

      08 . Sep . 2023
  2. marcy

    5 stars
    love sardines and your recipes, thanks for sharing!

    19 . Aug . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Appreciate the comment! Much love 🙂

      19 . Aug . 2023
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    18 . Jul . 2023

    Albert I think I’ve asked this before but please make a cookbook with your recipes. I’m sure someone will support you to do this. I like having a hard copy for cooking. Call me old-fashioned.

    10 . Feb . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Hopefully soon! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      11 . Feb . 2023
  5. Ramya

    Cant wait to make this soon for me can i use mushrooms i never had spanish sardines in tomato suce before perfect for my after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    04 . Jan . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya! Much love 🙂

      05 . Jan . 2023

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