My big ass salads (I miss them dearly) but once we get back to Israel where they have decent lettuce leaves and avocados I throw in tomato, cucumber, lots of lettuce , can of sardines in olive oil (don't dare drain them you miss out on a lot of flavouring) and half a avocado to top it all. Mix and season with salt and herbs if you wish. That is usually the highest carb meal I have. Except the days I have beef liver mixed with scrambled eggs and tomato paste (the concentration of tomatoes really deliver the carbs) but later through the day is usually carb free or at least very low.
I also eat sardines right out of the tin with salt, curry or other yummy spices. I have yet tried them with eggs.
I'm not sure if sardines and anchovies are the same thing, but if they are - my favorite way to eat them (anchovies) is melted down in grass fed butter and olive oil (they disappear). Once they reduce, I sautee veggies in the mixture. Shredded cabbage is my current obsession in this sauce. It gives the veggies a salty/nutty flavor.
I ate sardines at a Spanish tapas bar and I've been trying to recreate that experience ever since. They were broiled with lemon butter, garlic, parsley, dill, and sherry. At home I do pretty much the same thing but I use whatever wine I have on hand. Vermouth is pretty good in it. I do prefer mine warm.
I like mixing sardines with tahini and sea salt. It's like a flavor- and nutrient-dense tuna salad. Throw in some finely chopped raw onion, maybe some hot sauce, and I'd say you're good to go. If it's too dense you can add an acidic liquid, like lemon or apple cider vinegar or my recent favorite: pickle brine. Or just water if you're boring.
Used to hate them, but learned to embrace them. I buy the ones packed in EVOO. I hate the fishy smell so I just rinse the sardines a couple of times and maybe let them soak in water a bit before rinsing again. The smell goes away with the oil and it tastes a million times better. Almost like tuna.
I eat them with caramelized onions, or eggs, or with garlic...they are fantastic. Try them with good mustard or hot sauce. I absolutely love wild planet's sardines and they are a pretty good price too.
I break them up and mix them in a salad (usually stuff like spinach, cucumber, peppers and tomato). It makes the texture bearable and gives me a fat source with my vegetables for better nutrient absorption. Tastes pretty good too.
Thank you so much for this thread. I hate sardines so much but I know there's a way to make them tolerable, the health benefits and price is so worth it. Right now I have a paste of some recipe that tastes like bad fish and I am going through these suggestions to find help. I am eating it with pickled jalepino slices right now. I LOVE pickled jalepinos but it's not much of a meal. Tahini next? I had actually thought of adding that to the sardines but I worry that I get my cooking ideas from Oscar the Grouch sometimes. I'll also keep trying the different brands. That means I have to keep track. King Oscar Mediterranean is a "no".