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Sardine Rice Bowl

This sardine rice bowl with an egg on top features canned sardines in tomato sauce. It’s quick, nutritious and budget-friendly!

Healthy sardine rice bowl with canned sardines in tomato sauce. Skip the crackers and top with egg for an easy dinner!

Sardine Rice Bowl

This is what I call my poor man dinner. A “what can I make with what I have?” recipe.

But budget food doesn’t have to be bland!

This dish can be thrown together quickly and requires very little cooking.

Do you like sardines? Don’t knock ’em till you’ve tried ’em! They’re actually really tasty and so healthy in vitamins B and omega-3’s.

This is a step up from the classic sardines and crackers with hot sauce, but mainly because I didn’t have any crackers haha.

Healthy sardine rice bowl with canned sardines in tomato sauce. Skip the crackers and top with egg for an easy dinner!

All you need is a few ingredients and there are easy substitutes if you don’t have these things:

Canned sardines in tomato sauce. You can also substitute plain sardines and an 8-ounce can of tomato sauce.

Cooked rice. You could also use quinoa or couscous – or forego the carbs altogether.

Eggs cooked any way you like, but preferably with a runny yolk!

Healthy sardine rice bowl with canned sardines in tomato sauce. Skip the crackers and top with egg for an easy dinner!

Red pepper flakes for spice. I love collecting different kinds like aleppo chile or gochugaru (Korean hot pepper), but cayenne pepper gets the job done just fine. Hot sauce works too!

One last thing to make this sardine rice bowl really special: Slice 1 onion and saute in oil until softened. Add sardines and proceed with recipe.

I’d also love if you share your favorite canned sardine recipes in the comments below!

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Healthy sardine rice bowl with canned sardines in tomato sauce. Skip the crackers and top with egg for an easy dinner!

Healthy sardine rice bowl with canned sardines in tomato sauce. Skip the crackers and top with egg for an easy dinner!

Sardine Rice Bowl

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This quick and easy rice bowl topped with tomato marinated sardines and an egg makes a tasty protein packed meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 can of sardines in tomato sauce
  • 1 cup of cooked rice (or quinoa or couscous)
  • 1 large egg, fried or poached
  • Red pepper flakes (cayenne or aleppo chile pepper)

Instructions

  • Warm sardines with sauce in microwave. Serve over rice. Top with the cooked egg and sprinkle of hot pepper flakes. *see post for version with onion
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    Samantha

    Monday 19th of October 2020

    Made it today for me and my two high schoolers for lunch as we are all in virtual school/ work mode. Sautéed the onion and used a tomato basil sauce and kicked it up with a good amount of crushed red pepper. My daughter had with egg, my son and I without as we had an egg for breakfast. Wow - was this ever good!!!

    Rebekah

    Monday 19th of October 2020

    Thanks! Glad to hear they like sardines too!

    Amy L Greco

    Saturday 1st of February 2020

    So delicious scooped up with dried seaweed!

    Rebekah

    Saturday 1st of February 2020

    Genius!

    Tyrone Knight

    Friday 10th of January 2020

    My go to is a ramen noodle bowl, I add some olive oil and garlic powder to the cooked noodles, top with sardines in olive oil and chilies, add some more garlic powder, micro wave the bowl, add some grated parmesan and romano cheese to the heated mixture. YUM! I think I am making tonight and will try adding the egg!

    Rebekah

    Friday 10th of January 2020

    Wow that sounds amazing! Do you use the ramen seasoning packet too?

    Jackie Dean

    Sunday 8th of December 2019

    I tweaked it a little for what I had on hand. Sardines in hot sauce, caldo de Tomate and instant grits. Delicious! Thanks for inspiration!

    Luke

    Tuesday 9th of April 2019

    I saw this at 10:30pm and ran into my kitchen, this recipe set my imagination alight, these were some of the changes I made.

    Add hoisin, it takes this dish to another level.

    I didn't have the tomato sardines but I did have the olive oil sardines, I ended up using some tomato paste which worked fine as a replacement. The tomato part really brings the dish together. But I think a can of tomatoes is excessive, liquid wise.

    I also like slicing the onion length ways into thin strands and frying, for more texture.

    For the egg component I like to make Tamagoyaki; aswel as the slow-fried sunny side up egg.

    Immature green pumpkin goes well with this dish, if you have it laying around, zucchini would work nicely too.

    Fresh chillies!.

    Rebekah

    Tuesday 9th of April 2019

    I love what you've done with the dish!