Oh, the little fish in the sea can often be overlooked. These little sardines take me back to my childhood, when my grandma used to make sardines in a tomato sauce and serve it over a steaming bowl of rice. I’m sure she knew that these little guys could pack quite a nutritional punch, being full of heart-protective omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, and other vitamins like vitamin D. I’m taken back to my childhood with this one. This was the first time Phong’s ever tried sardines (can you believe?!), and he ended up loving this little dish. It’s also great to eat with some crusty bread, to sop up the sauce at the end!
Sardines in Savory Tomato Sauce
1 can sardines (about 3.75 ounces), packed in olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 cup canned diced tomatoes, drained
¼ cup water
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp granulated sugar
½ cup sliced green onion
Freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, add the garlic, sardines, 1 tsp of the sardine oil, tomatoes, water, soy sauce, and sugar. Bring to a light simmer, about 4-5 minutes. Taste the sauce and add sugar or soy sauce to taste. Add the green onions, and stir to combine. Cook for another 1-2 minutes, and serve with hot rice or crusty bread.