My husband spent 2 years in the Philippines as a missionary. Along with his life-changing experience, he brought home a rich culinary repertoire that he incorporated into our family recipes. He passed away in 2016, and these recipes have become things our children treasure. They are part of the memories and fabric that keep his memory bright and alive. Here is "ginisang sardinas" which is a wonderful way to use canned sardines. This is usually eaten spooned over rice per each individual's desire/taste.

Recipe Summary

10 mins
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40 mins
2 servings


Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in an oven-safe skillet over medium heat until warm. Add garlic powder and paprika; cook until you can smell the spices, about 1 minute. Add onion and cook until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Mix in tomato paste and cook for 1 to 2 minutes longer. Add cherry tomatoes and mix until well combined. Cover the pan and cook until tomatoes begin to release their liquid, about 5 minutes.

  • While tomatoes are cooking, combine remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil with 1/2 of the lime juice. Add sardines and gently toss to coat with lime marinade.

  • Set an oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler.

  • Remove the lid from the skillet. Pour cooking wine in with onion and tomatoes; stir well. Add water and fish sauce; bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer until liquid begins to reduce, about 5 minutes.

  • Remove sardines from the marinade and place on top of tomato sauce. Discard remaining marinade.

  • Place under the preheated broiler until sardines are well cooked and some of the tomatoes are charred, 4 to 5 minutes.

  • Pour remaining lime juice over the sardines and serve.

Cook's Note:

Skinless and boneless canned sardines are best, but bone-in is okay, too. In Asian stores, you can sometimes find Filipino canned sardines in tomato sauce. But, when you can't find them, this recipe is a very easy way to make that delicious sauce.

Nutrition Facts

589 calories; protein 30.4g; carbohydrates 18.1g; fat 40.7g; cholesterol 161mg; sodium 1150.4mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
I was apprehensive about this recipe because although my wife enjoys sardines, I generally don't. That said, I'm glad I made this dish. The salty sardines were nicely balanced by the sweet acidity of the tomatoes and the white wine, and the fish sauce and tomato paste gave the dish a good depth of flavor. Pros: Very quick, very cheap to make, easily paired with rice for a fuller meal Cons: No real cons, but definitely scale recipe up if cooking for more than 2 people Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Made this today and loved it all over again. If you don't cook with wine, just sub with chicken broth -- delish! Read More