Tuna melt meets sardines in this surprisingly delicious canned sardine sandwich. It's topped with a thin layer of tomatoes and cheese, then broiled until melty, crispy perfection!
One of the greatest culinary inquiries has always been: How do you make sardines taste good?
I believe the trick is to use them as you would when making tuna or chicken salad.
If you've ever had a tuna melt, this is very similar in taste!
Sardines get a bad rap, but they're delicious, and they're packed full of omega-3 fats and protein.
I've been making this sandwich for years, but it was a special favorite of mine during my second and third pregnancies. My kids have even started requesting it, though they prefer it sans tomato.
Ingredients and substitutions
This recipe is quite relaxed, in that, you can easily customize it to your liking. Here are the main ingredients you'll need:
- Bread of your choice - Sourdough, Ezekiel, or any whole grain bread are all excellent choices!
- Canned boneless and skinless sardines - Packed in water.
- Mayonnaise - I like the brands Chosen Foods and Veganaise, if I'm buying it, or (the best) making my own homemade mayo.
- Sea salt
- Tomato - I like Roma tomatoes.
- Cheese - Sharp cheddar is my favorite!
First, toast your choice of bread.
While your bread is toasting, add the drained sardines and mayo to a bowl and mix thoroughly.
Top the toast with the sardine mash, then layer on the sliced tomatoes, followed by the cheese.
Broil the top for 1-2 minutes, or until the cheese is melty and a bit golden.
Here are a few variations I enjoy
Add in a dash of turmeric to the sardine/mayo mix.
Add in the chopped white of a hard-boiled egg for extra protein and texture.
Kerrygold's Irish cheddar cheese makes it extra tasty!
Scallions and/or celery also make good additions and are complementary to the sardine taste.
These are the sardines I like best.
I typically make this as an open-faced sandwich using only one slice of bread; for a full sandwich, use two slices. Be sure to toast both slices beforehand, then add the second one on top after following the directions below.
If you enjoy sardines and are looking for ways to eat them, you might also like my Smoky Sardine Dip!
- 1-2 slices bread of your choice toasted; use one for an open-faced sandwich and two for a full sandwich
- 1 4-5 ounce can boneless and skinless sardines packed in water, drained
- 1-2 Tablespoons mayonnaise
- 3-4 thin slices Roma tomato
- 1 ounce cheddar cheese sliced thinly
- Preheat the oven to 'broil'.
- Mix the drained sardines with 1-2 tablespoons of mayo (I use two tablespoons).
- Add in dashes of salt and pepper, if desired. If you're sardines have added salt, you may not need extra.
- Spread the sardine mix atop a slice of toasted bread.
- Top with the thin slices of tomato.
- Top the tomato with the cheese.
- Broil until cheese is bubbly (1-2 minutes). If you're making a full sandwich, top with the second slice of toast.
If you have a chance to try this recipe, please leave a star rating and a comment below letting me know how you liked it!