Sardines on Toast Recipe

This Sardines on Toast Recipe is a unique way to use sardines from a can to create an easy meal.
By Paul Rice
March/April 1978
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Try this easy Sardines on Toast Recipe for your next fish-based meal.
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This Sardines on Toast Recipe is a quick and easy way to cook with canned sardines.

Sardines on Toast Recipe


Two 3 3/4 ounce cans of sardines
1/4 cup cracker or bread crumbs
2 tbsp butter
3 tsp unbleached flour
1/2 cup yogurt
1/2 cup milk
1 tbsp grated cheese
1 tbsp chives, green onions or onion
4 slices of toast


Drain two 3 3/4-ounce cans of sardines into a shallow saucepan. Then roll the fish in 1/4 cup of cracker or bread crumbs, spread them out on a baking sheet, and put them in a 400 degrees Fahrenheit oven until they're brown. (This will take about 10 minutes and can be done while you're fixing the sauce described below.)

All right. Put 2 tablespoons of butter in the shallow saucepan that contains the oil from the sardine cans and melt the butter over low heat. Then add 3 teaspoons of unbleached flour, mix it thoroughly with the butter and oil, and turn up the heat and cook the mixture for 2 to 3 minutes. At the same time, beat 1/2 cup of yogurt briskly with a fork until it's smooth, then pour the yogurt and 1/2 cup of milk into the pan of butter, oil and flour.

Cook until the mixture starts to thicken (about 5 minutes). Then add 1 heaping tablespoon of grated cheese (Parmesan is best but any strong, hard cheese will do) and 1 tablespoon of chives, green onions or just plain onion (in order of preference). Finally, place the browned sardines on 4 thin slices of toast, and spoon the sauce over them. Mercy, mercy! This is just the dish for lunch on a brisk autumn day!

Read more about using sardines in meals: Cooking With Sardines: Unique Sardine Recipes.

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