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Homemade Spanish Sardines

Homemade Spanish Sardines is something you can put together easily yet so tasty. A wholesome meal packed with omega-3 making it really healthy for everyone!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Filipino, International
Keyword: homemade, spanish sardines
Servings: 10
Author: Bebs Lott


  • 500 grams 10 -12 pieces sardines fresh or frozen
  • ¼ cup olives
  • 10 big cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 big carrot cut into circles
  • 3 pieces bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp whole peppercorn
  • 5 pcs red spicy chili
  • 2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 1/3 cup water or more
  • 3 tbsp vinegar or lemon juice


  • Cut off the heads, gut then clean the sardines.
  • In a casserole or medium pot arrange the sardines at the bottom.
  • Evenly distribute salt, peppercorn, laurel, garlic, carrots, olives, and red chili on top of the sardines.
  • Pour water, vinegar/lemon juice, and olive oil. NOTE: Do not stir.
  • Add more water if needed to make sure that the sardines are submerged in liquids.
  • Bring it to boil over medium-low heat. Once it boils, add the vinegar. Let it cook for an hour or 1 ½ hour or until the liquids are reduced to half and only the oil is left.
  • Transfer in a serving dish and enjoy. Bon Appetit!


If you prefer to use a pressure cooker, it will take 30 to 40 minutes cooking.