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Creative Sardine Recipe Ideas For Food You’ll Love


Creative Sardine Recipe Ideas For Food You’ll Love


We love asking people if they like sardines because the answers are about as polarizing as asking people if they like cilantro! Personally, we LOVE sardines and feel like most people who fall into this category understand just how versatile these little fish are. For the folks who might still think they aren’t fans (and for the ones who already are!), we’ve put together some of our favorite ways to enjoy this delicious, nutritious fish… we think they might just pleasantly surprise you!

1. On avocado toast

Adding some protein to a slice of avocado toast transforms it from a snack into a completely balanced meal. The flavor and texture of sardines pairs really well with avocado toast and we especially like it with a splash of hot sauce on top. To create your own, toast a slice of bread and drizzle with a small amount of olive oil. Mash 1/4-1/2 of an avocado (depending on how much you love it), and spread on top of the toast. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Top with 2 oil-packed sardines, broken into pieces, and a splash of your favorite hot sauce.

2. In a grilled cheese

This is such a classic sandwich and it pairs perfectly with a salad or tomato soup for an added boost of veggies. The main thing missing? Protein! We love dicing up some sardines and adding them to the sandwich along with the cheese and a slice of tomato. As the cheese melts and the bread toasts, the flavors really meld and create a flavorful, protein-rich version of a favorite classic.

3. In a grain bowl

Grain bowls have become popular on Instagram as well as in IRL, and we aren’t complaining. If you’re not familiar with the bowls, they have a base of whole grains that’s topped with raw and/or roasted veggies, some type of protein, and dressing. The types of grains, veggies, protein, and dressing used are only limited by the imagination! We love using sardines as the protein in our bowls. A great combo we’ve found is farro, roasted carrots, finely chopped raw kale, oil-packed sardines, and lemon-basil (or pesto!) dressing.

4. On a chickpea salad

Canned chickpeas are a pantry staple in both of our kitchens and one of our favorite super-fast and totally balanced lunches/dinners is to toss together a chickpea, kale, and red onion salad, and top it with sardines. We usually rinse and drain a can of chickpeas and toss it with a few cups of finely chopped kale and some thinly sliced purple onion (pickled onion is delish in this, too). Then, we drizzle the whole salad with lemon juice, olive oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper, and top with pieces of Bumble Bee® Sardines In Olive Oil. .

Do you use sardines in your day to day meals or snacks? What’s your favorite way to eat them?

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We are one of the largest providers of shelf-stable seafood and it is our honor and our responsibility to do our part, in every way we can, to help to keep people fed with affordable, nutritious protein. To that end, we’re continuing to run our factories in the US and Canada while our partners around the world continue to provide supply.

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We also take great pride in producing healthy, nutritious and safe products for our customers. Please know the manufacturing practices we follow year-round protect our both employees and the products they produce. Our facilities have very few people-to-product interactions, all products are sterilized in a high temperature oven and then packaged in highly automated production lines.

Beyond Bumble Bee, we’re continually looking for ways to extend our “people first” approach to make a meaningful impact. With so many people in need, we know this effort is more important than ever. We’re starting by donating more than $1 million in product to food banks in both the US and in Canada. And we will be looking for more opportunities to make a positive difference in the days to come.

Finally, I want to thank you, our loyal and new customers, for your support. We hope you find the recipes on our website helpful and easy to prepare. I also want to send a sincere thank you to our Bumble Bee Team and our valued supply partners around the world for their tireless efforts, particularly those working in sales, manufacturing, distribution and all our support roles, ensuring we can keep store and pantry shelves stocked.

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