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How to Make Open-Faced Cheesy Sardine Sandwiches

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Learn how to prepare an open-faced cheesy sardine sandwich

Learn how to prepare an open-faced cheesy sardine sandwich

Sardines is one of those staple foods that you'll always find in my cupboard. One of the things I like most about this fish is that I can eat them straight from the can. In this recipe, though, I use the sardines to create a tasty open-face cheesy sandwich.

Sardines come in several different flavors or styles; one of my favorites is sardines in oil. That is the type I used in this recipe.

Ingredients for open-faced cheesy sardine sandwiches

Ingredients for open-faced cheesy sardine sandwiches

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

15 min

25 min

2 sandwiches


For the sandwich:

  • 4 slices bread loaf
  • 1/2 cup cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup sardine spread (recipe below)

For the sardine spread:

  • 80 grams sardines, in oil
  • 1 tablespoon onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/4 tablespoon pickles
  • 1/2 kalamansi, juiced
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste


  • grater
  • 1 small bowl
  • fork or spoon
  • pizza pan
  • tong
  • knife
  • chopping board


  1. Make the sardine spread: In a bowl, mix all of the ingredients for the sardine spread. Set aside.
  2. Toast bread in an oven until slightly cooked.
  3. Cover the soft side of the bread with a generous amount of homemade sardine spread.
  4. Grate some cheese on top of the open-faced sandwich.
  5. Bring it back to the oven. Cook until the cheese is totally melted.
  6. Once cooked, remove from the heat.
  7. Slice it in half before serving.

Tips and Techniques

  • For a gooier texture, use mozzarella cheese.
  • Use sardines in oil for a more neutral flavor.
  • Toast the sandwich before serving to maintain its crunchy texture.
  • Use any kind of bread available.
  • If you don't have access to an oven, you can cook this sandwich on the stovetop using a pan or grill pan.
Open-faced cheesy sardine sandwiches, ready to serve

Open-faced cheesy sardine sandwiches, ready to serve

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