What Do Sardines Taste Like?

Plate of sardines and saladWhat are sardines?

Sardines are a small type of oily fish related to herrings. A common expression is “packed as tight as sardines” due to the fact these tiny fish are often sold in tightly packed, full containers.  Sardines aren’t cooked, but preserved in a method known as “salting”, which also adds to their unique flavor.

How they taste

Sardines have a strong fishy flavour and are also quite salty.


If you don’t like the strong taste of these fishy treats plain, try some of the wide variety of flavored sardines. The bones are also edible, and break down very easily – they’re a great source of calcium. They’re great in salads, sandwiches, crackers and a range of other quick snacks.

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