Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins

Humble sardines are about grow in popularity: 1) they taste good-- similar to tuna 2) they're a healthy seafood choice-- rich in omega 3's and calcium, low in contaminants like methylmercury 3) they're eco-friendly-- not overfished 4) they're really affordable. This is a simple dish that goes well with pasta, rice, or polenta. The fennel is subtle and gives it a little elegance.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat olive oil in pan.
  2. Add onion. Saute until clear.
  3. Add garlic. Cook one minute.
  4. Add tomatoes and fennel. Cook about 10 minutes, until tomatoes become a sauce and most of the liquid is evaporated.
  5. Add frozen greens and sardines with their sauce. Cook a couple more minutes, until warmed through.
  6. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Serve over pasta, rice, or polenta. It's even nice just with some good bread.


Most Helpful

I did this with a handful of green beens with the spinach. It doesn't look particularly appetising, so I haven't photographed it. It tastes lovely. My wife and daughter loved it too. It costs pennies to make, it made very little mess, the fennel went lovely but I used double the fennel seed. Considering I am very critical with food and wont eat rubbish and that this dish had fish, spinach and green beans in, none of which I like, it tasted fantastic. I never follow recipes because I always make nicer myself but having never used sardines before, I thought it would be a safer bet. Thank you for a brilliant, simple recipe. Any one reading this just watch towards the end if it starts to stick just add a little splash of water.

adambenjamingibbons June 26, 2014

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