Tinned sardines

Artisan canned sardines from Nuri, Pinhais and Ramón Peña. The canneries choose the best, most flavoursome fish from the morning markets. The tins of sardines are hand prepared fresh on the day they are caught using traditional, century-old techniques, meaning each tin reaches the standard that has made these conservas world-renowned.


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Artisan tinned sardines

The tins of sardines are complemented with an endless variety of sauces, olive oils and herbs: Nuri sardines in olive oil and with chilli, Berthe boneless sardines in extra virgin olive oil, Don Reinaldo smoked sardines, Cântara tinned sardines in tomato and with oregano. You will find Ramón Peña sardinillas or small sardines as well, in olive oil or escabeche. The nutrition in this seafood is very high. This oily fish contains vitamin B2 that converts food into fuel for the body, B12 for red blood cell and nervous system health, minerals phosphorous and calcium for strong bones and teeth, omega-3 for heart health. Sardines on toast is a classic, a childhood and adulthood staple. Try sardines in tomato on buttered sourdough with slices of red onion, a squish of lemon juice, salt and pepper.

Are sardines good for you?

The nutrition in sardines is very high. Oily fish like sardines contain omega-3 fatty acid. Our bodies do not produce this so we need to get it from food. Omega-3 fatty acid is a polyunsaturated fat - a good fat that helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure and protect against heart disease. Oily fish might also help combat anxiety and depression, be good for joint and eye health too and prevent hardening of the arteries. A healthy diet should include two portions (a portion is around 140g or a tin and a half) of fish each week and one of them should be oily, the NHS says. There is different advice for different groups – but this applies to everyone. 

What is the difference between sardines and pilchards?

Pilchards are larger, older, adult sardines.

Are canned sardines cooked?

Tinned sardines are already cooked. Add them to sauces or risottos towards the end of the cooking time and simply heat the tinned sardines through.

Do canned sardines have bones?

The bones in tinned sardines are soft and disappear if you mash the sardines. They’re full of goodness too. If you prefer sardines without bones you can opt for Berthe boneless sardines in extra virgin olive oil or La Gondola boneless sardines in tomato sauce.

Are sardines sustainable?

Sardines are caught purse seine, where a large net is lowered into the water and closed around the fish, so that there is no damage to the sea bed as there is with bottom trawling, and the smaller sardines can swim through the net and replenish ocean stocks. As with all tinned seafood, there is no waste either - you can eat everything in the tin including the bones. And there is no rush to eat the fish as there is a shelf life of many years which also means less waste. 

Are canned sardines an oily fish?

Sardines are oily fish – like mackerel, anchovies, salmon, herring and trout.