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Take Part in Meatless Mondays with These Sardine Recipes

What sardine recipes should you cook for your Meatless Mondays?

  1. Sardine with Miswa
  2. Spanish Sardines on Toast
  3. Spanish Sardine Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Green Olives


A home-cooked meal still trumps eating out at a greasy fast food. Here in the Philippines, you can mix and match the ingredients of your dinner, and what better treat is there than to cook up a Spanish sardines recipe?

Filipinos are no strangers in stocking up canned goods for their pantry, after all, it is useful especially because the country is visited by different typhoons every year. Canned sardines have become a staple because the demand for it does not seem to decline even during a dry season.

These days, more and more Filipinos are taking part in Meatless Mondays. This is a practice wherein an individual abstain from eating meat during Mondays. Some of them are doing it for religious purposes, while others simply participate in it in an effort to lose weight. After all, the summer season is the perfect time for them to flaunt their fit bodies.

If you are one of these individuals, you can try out these recipes during your Meatless Mondays:

Sardine with Miswa

Sardine with Miswa

This recipe is healthy and filling, and probably your grandma’s favorite.

Miswa has been served in many Filipino families for decades now because it is affordable and it is not meticulous to prepare.

To make the meal more nutritious, all you have to do is add in vegetables—perfect for your Meatless Monday.

For this recipe, you will need:

  • 1 small can of Sardines in tomato sauce
  • 2 ounces miswa (thin flour noodles)
  • 2 fish sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 1½ cups water
  • 1 tablespoon toasted garlic
  • 1 teaspoon scallion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil


  • Heat a cooking pot and pour in the oil. Make sure that the oil is hot enough so you can sauté garlic and onions.
  • Add the sardines including the sauce and cook for 2 minutes.
  • You can also add vegetables like upo, sayote, and patola.
  • Put-in fish sauce and ground black pepper, then stir. Add water and wait for it to
  • Put-in the miswa and cook for 3 to 5 minutes under medium heat.
  • Turn-off the heat and transfer to a serving bowl. Garnish with toasted garlic and chopped scallions on top.
  • Serve hot!


Spanish Sardines on Toast

Meatless Mondays are a time when you can explore other options aside from simply eating chicken, pork, or beef. It is also an ideal time for you to practice moderation in whatever dish you are going to eat, which means that overeating is a definite no-no!

Luckily, you stumbled upon this article so you can make a dish that is filling but not heavy for your tummy.

For this recipe, you will need:

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 red chili, chopped and deseeded
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • 2 Cans of Spanish sardines, drained
  • 4 slices of brown bread
  • Parsley, chopped


  • Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and add the garlic clove, red chili, and lemon zest. Fry until cooked.
  • Put the Spanish sardines and heat for 5 minutes until warm.
  • Toast your bread into the oven or toaster until edges turn crispy.
  • Add the parsley into the sardines and squeeze some lemon juice on it.
  • Serve the sardines on top of the toast.

Spanish Sardine Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Green Olives

Spanish Sardine Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Green Olives

Sardines are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which can lessen the risk of a cardiovascular disease and it may also decrease the possibility of having an Alzheimer’s disease.

It is also packed with protein so even if this will be the only meal you will have for a day, you will be bursting with energy.

For this recipe, you will need:

  • ½ lb. fettuccine
  • 6 oz. Spanish sardines
  • ¼ cup chopped sun-dried tomato
  • ½ cup chopped green olives
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ crushed red pepper (optional)
  • 2 chopped flat leaf parsley
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste


  • Prepare a large pan to cook fettuccine according to package instructions. Drain and place in a large mixing bowl.
  • Toss in Spanish sardines, chopped sun-dried tomato, chopped olives, crushed red pepper, parsley, and extra virgin olive oil.
  • Place the paste and other ingredients into the pan. Heat the pan and toss for 3 minutes.
  • Add salt and ground black pepper to taste.
  • Transfer to a serving plate. Serve!


Key Takeaway

Every single one of these (Spanish) sardines recipe for Meatless Mondays is tasty, don’t you think? It may be hard to practice moderation in eating meals like this, which is not only budget-friendly, but quite nutritious as well.

Quick to make and easy to eat; serve these recipes for your family and friends and they might just join you in your quest for Meatless Mondays!