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How to Make Sardine Pancakes

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Learn how to make sardine pancakes

Learn how to make sardine pancakes

Savory pancakes are popular snacks in Korea and Japan. For example, okonomiyaki is a savory Japanese pancake made with shredded cabbage, eggs, flour, meat, and various condiments. I have sampled these pancakes, and I enjoy them quite a bit.

This morning, I woke up craving sardines and eggs—so I thought of creating a savory pancake with sardines. The outcome was wonderful! On top of the pancake, I drizzled some of the tomato sauce that the sardines were packed in. I also tried dipping the pancake in a homemade spicy soy-vinegar dip. The balance between salt, sour, and spice was delicious.

This pancake is perfect for breakfast or as a snack. You could also try serving it with mayonnaise or ketchup.

Ingredients for sardine pancakes

Ingredients for sardine pancakes


  • 1/2 can (80 grams) sardines in tomato sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon spring onions
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch black pepper
  • Cooking oil, for frying
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For Preparation:

  • 1 medium bowl
  • 1 small bowl
  • 1 small plate
  • Fork
  • Measuring spoons
  • Chopping board
  • Knife

For Cooking:

  • Pan
  • Cooking spoon

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

2 min

8 min

10 min

3 pancakes


  1. Drain canned sardines. Set aside the tomato sauce.
  2. Mash the sardines in a bowl.
  3. Add the other ingredients into the bowl. Stir until well combined.
  4. Heat the oil in a pan.
  5. Pour small amount of the mixture. Cook the sardines pancake under low heat.
  6. Brown both sides of the pancake.
  7. Serve with the tomato sauce of the sardines.
Sardine pancakes make for a unique, savory pancake

Sardine pancakes make for a unique, savory pancake

Tips and Techniques

  • Adjust the amount of salt and pepper based on your taste preference.
  • Serve the pancake with the tomato sauce that the sardines were packed in—or with my homemade spicy soy-vinegar dip.
  • Use sardines in spicy tomato sauce to add more kick to this savory pancake.
  • Replace spring onions with regular onions.

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