In Memory Of Karen Nicole Smith, 1972 - 2016

Sardines In Tomato Sauce.

I was only exposed to this dish after moving to Canada, however in speaking with my mom recently she mentioned that she did use canned (tin) sardines in tomato sauce. Apparently we hated the tomato sauce, so she never included it in the meals she would make for my siblings and I. She also spoke about my younger brother’s curry recipe, he makes with these same sardines in tomato sauce.

1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 medium onion (sliced)
2 scallions (chopped)
1 bell pepper (chopped)
1 small Scotch Bonnet pepper (green)
3 sprigs thyme
3/4 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon sea salt (your fav salt)
1/2 cup water
2 medium tomatoes (wedges)
1 large can sardines in tomato sauce
1/2 lemon (juice)
2 tablespoon chopped parsley

Notes! May I recommend you follow along with the video below as much more about the recipe is explained there. Including why I like a green Scotch Bonnet pepper and how adding a bit of crushed garlic and can enhance this dish further. If making this dish gluten free, please go through the full list of ingredients to ensure they meet with your specific gluten free dietary needs.

Open and pour the can of sardines in a large bowl, then separate the sardines from the tomato sauce and reserve. The following step is optional. Split each sardine lengthwise in half and remove (discard) the middle bones of each fish. Be gentle.

Heat the coconut oil (use your fav oil) in a wide saucepan on a medium flame, then add the bell pepper, onion, scotch bonnet and scallions. Turn the heat to med/low and cook for 3 minutes.

Then add the black pepper, thyme and curry powder and cook for a further 2 minutes, before adding the reserved tomato sauce.

Rinse the bowl with the tomato sauce with the water and add that water to the pan. Stir well and add the salt. Bring to a simmer (medium heat) and cook for 3 minutes.

At this point add the chunky pieces of tomato, stir (gentle – explained in the video) and cook for 2 minutes before adding the sardine fillets.

Be very gentle when adding the sardine fillets or they will fall apart on you.. unless that is what you want (chunky pieces). Spoon on the sauce over the fish, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until it heats through.

Three minutes later you may taste and adjust the salt to your liking, add the lemon (or lime) juice and top with the chopped parsley. Turn off the stove. You can always add more water if you find that the sauce is overly thick.

When my Guyanese friends introduced me to this dish, they served it with steaming hot rice. Personally I enjoy it with Sada Roti, slices of avocado (zabouca) and with peppersauce on the side.

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