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Sardine Spread Recipe

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This spread is a delicious way to enjoy sardines

This spread is a delicious way to enjoy sardines

How to Make Sardine Spread

How often do you buy store-bought spreads? Personally, I'm not a fan of these spreads, so I always try to make them at home if I can. I like being able to customize the ingredients to match my preferences. I encourage you to try making your own spreads at home, too. Not only are they often healthier, but they are usually easier on your food budget, as well.

I like to add kalamansi juice to this recipe, as it balances the strong sardine flavor. Kalamansi is a native citrus fruit in the Philippines that is somewhat similar to a lime.



Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

2 min

8 min

10 min

2 to 3 servings


For Preparation:

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  • 1 large bowl
  • 1 medium bowl
  • 1 small bowl
  • 1 small plate
  • chopping board
  • measuring spoons
  • knife
  • fork


  • 1 can sardines, in oil
  • 2 tablespoons onion, chopped
  • 6 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 kalamansi, juiced
  • 1/2 tablespoon pickles
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste

Step-by-Step Procedure: Sardine Spread


  1. Add the kalamansi juice to the sardines. Set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine mayonnaise, pickle relish, salt, pepper, and onion. Mix until well-combined. Set aside.
  3. Mash the sardines with fork. Combine it with the mayonnaise mixture.
  4. Serve with crackers or bread.

Tips and Techniques

  • Adjust seasonings if needed.
  • For a more flavorful spread, use Spanish-style sardines.
  • Add celery, if available.
Sardine spread with crackers

Sardine spread with crackers

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