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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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    Tina

    Saturday 21st of August 2021

    I have never had sardines before, but I decided to make this quick recipe and it was delicious!! I didn’t put the egg on top but I did sauté the onions and sprinkled some fresh cilantro on top. It was great!

    Steve

    Wednesday 16th of June 2021

    This works well over Mie Gorang, Mama noodles, or any spicy ramyeon. I leave the sardines cold. I prefer Philippine sardines in spicy tomato sauce.

    Jim

    Sunday 14th of March 2021

    This has been a go-to meal of mine for several years. It's also great with mackerel, which you can get in tomato sauce. I'm off carbs now, but I find this wonderful over cooked spinach. (Maybe with a little nutmeg. Add thyme and allspice and cayenne too if you're prointo that.)

    Rebekah

    Sunday 14th of March 2021

    Good idea with the spinach. A meal is never complete for me without my veggies.

    Kim

    Friday 12th of March 2021

    I just had this for lunch with brown rice, without the egg. Added a little Tony Cachere's Creole Seasoning and parsley flakes. So good! And quick!

    Rebekah

    Saturday 13th of March 2021

    Good idea with the Tony's seasoning!!

    tobi

    Monday 8th of February 2021

    where was this when i was architecture school??? this would have been so goot at 2am haha great budget recipe!

    Rebekah

    Tuesday 9th of February 2021

    Cool job! I still love this for late night munchies and lazy dinners!

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