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What are Sardines?

Sardines are a type of small, oily fish called Clupeidae, which are part of the herring family. One of the most nutrient-rich varieties of seafood, sardines are a big fish in the world of nutrition. Called a superfood by many nutritionists and health-conscious pescatarians, sardine fish might be small in size but they’re big in depth and complexity; the rich and pungent flavors reflect the natural brininess of the ocean, which adds a bold and savory punch to a variety of dishes. Read More

While the origins of sardines are unclear, historians believe they were first harvested and processed on the Mediterranean island of Sardinia. In the 15th century, travelers to the island referred to the small, oily fish as a ‘sardine,’ the first time it was documented in English.

When canning techniques were invented in the 1800s, it ushered in a new era of preserved seafood products from Italy and other countries along the Mediterranean such as Spain and Portugal. With this new packaging and preserving technology, popular fish like tuna and canned sardines could be stocked in pantries for an extended period. The longer shelf life and secure packaging eventually led to the mass production of canned sardines and other varieties of preserved fish.

How are Sardines used?

Caught off the coast of Galicia, Spain, sardines by Matiz Gallego are a popular Mediterranean import. Prepared by hand and packed in premium Spanish olive oil, these canned sardines taste satisfying on their own or sandwiched between a French baguette and topped with sliced avocado and lemon. The smooth, bright, and salty flavors all come together with a smear of garlicky aioli, which adds a final layer of creaminess. Supermarket Italy’s online specialty shop features other canned sardine flavors by Matiz, including their original olive oil, the tangy and flavorful lemon and olive oil, and another type of sardine called sardinellas, which are flavored with sweet piquillo peppers.

Another popular brand from Spain, Ortiz offers the best sardines for showcasing as an entree or side dish. Carefully packaged in glass jars to preserve freshness, these delicious sardines are made in the old style, which involves the time-honored technique of hand-frying them in olive oil before packing. For a meal packed with healthy oils and fats, top these delectable small fishes on a pile of salad greens like arugula, butter lettuce, or romaine. Squeeze a lemon over the dish for a touch of acidity, which can be further enhanced with capers and fresh aromatics like chopped spring onions and parsley.

At Supermarket Italy, we also feature high-quality Italian brands like Cuoco, which flavors their canned sardines with a special macaroni seasoning blend. Give your weekday meals an Italian update when you incorporate these sardines into short pasta like elbows and spirals. Balance the rich, dense chunks of protein with charred cherry tomatoes for bright pops of flavor and a hint of smokiness.

For a healthy, protein-packed dinner with lots of flavor, Bar Harbor produces the best sardines for including in your weekly meal rotation. Sustainably harvested from the pristine waters of the Gulf of Maine, these naturally wood-smoked fish fillets make a delicious substitute for canned tuna in your favorite recipes.

Bar Harbor’s wild-caught sardines are also skinless and boneless, which gives them a soft, buttery texture that adds substance and brininess to salads, sandwiches, casseroles, and much more. For a tasty and protein-rich spread or dip, Bar Harbor sardines with cracked pepper get a lift when you incorporate additional flavor-enhancing ingredients like lemon juice, chives, and capers. Finish the mixture of sardine fish with a dollop of creamy truffle mayonnaise and include it on an appetizer plate for light and satisfying bites that everybody will love.

Where to buy Sardines

Buy canned sardines from Supermarket Italy and keep your pantry stocked with healthy and flavorful ingredients that bring the flavors of the sea to your daily meals. Along with a selection of other top quality imports such as pasta, sauces, meats, and more, Supermarket Italy has everything you need to whip together a hearty family meal in a snap. When you shop online at Supermarket Italy, you can enjoy the convenience and affordability of high-quality imports delivered straight to your doorstep.