Braised Sardines and Tomatoes

Adapted by
December 2021
Yield: 1 to 2 servings


Braised Tomatoes and Sardines:
1 teaspoon neutral oil
½ red onion, sliced medium-thick
1 tablespoon minced garlic
16 ounces grape tomatoes, halved
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon oyster sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
½ teaspoon paprika
1 can sardines packed in olive oil, halved vertically along seams
To Assemble and Serve:
Juice of ½ lemon
Baguette or rice


For the Braised Sardines and Tomatoes

In a medium fry pan over medium-high flame, heat oil. Add red onion and sweat, stirring frequently until the pieces become translucent. Add garlic and tomatoes and stir. Then add sea salt and pepper. When tomatoes start to break down, add oyster sauce, sugar, and paprika. Next, add ½ cup of water and mix well. Add oil from the sardine can, stir, and bring contents to a light simmer. Fold sardines into tomato mixture without breaking them up. Simmer for 5 minutes, adding more water if needed. Taste and adjust seasoning. 

To Assemble and Serve

Finish with lemon and serve with baguette or rice.