Tasty Sardine Pate (Even For Fussy Eaters)

This simple and tasty sardine pate is designed to please even the fussy, canned-fish-hating mouths. This small-batch recipe takes 10 minutes and 5 key ingredients, and with the impressive nutritional profile of sardines, it’s very healthy and nourishing. Gluten-free, paleo, Whole30 and low-carb and keto-friendly.

Sardine Pate Recipe (With Canned Sardines)


As I mentioned earlier, this recipe has only 4 ingredients:

  • Canned sardines – I use tinned sardines preserved in olive oil or chilli and garlic oil; either will work, as would the sardines in brine or water. The whole sardines are used as the pate is pureed and all those small bones and spice get completely ground up and you can’t detect them at all. This also means you get all that calcium present in sardines (one of the best non-dairy sources, by the way).
  • Sun-dried tomatoes – again, use the ones that come in a jar in oil, not the super dehydrated ones; sun-dried tomatoes have a powerful flavour, sweet, salty and umami, so they are perfect for hiding the fishy taste of sardines. They also give this spread that lovely orangy/red colour.
  • Mayonnaise – as well as adding a lovely flavour, mayonnaise will give the dip nice creaminess; use free-range egg mayonnaise. For an egg-free version, you could try using a combination of olive oil, mustard and Greek yoghurt. 
  • Spring onions – these can be omitted but I love a little freshness and taste of fragrant green onions (scallions). you can also use chopped red onions, shallots or chives. 
  • Lemon juice – for a little tang!

Delicious canned sardine recipes


To turn canned sardines into a smooth, creamy pate requires some processing. You can use a food processor or an immersion blender stick to puree the ingredients. You can process the spread as smooth as you like. I like to keep a little texture so I blend it only until sun-dried tomatoes and sardines are ground up enough.

How to make sardine pate

Pate made with canned sardines and sun-dried tomatoes


This sardine pate is a bit like a dip or a spread, which can be enjoyed with cut-up vegetables (aka crudites) or with your favourite crackers or toasted sourdough or paleo-friendly bread (or this low-carb bread). You can serve it in lettuce cups or on top of a salad, or use as a filling inside baked sweet or white potatoes

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Sardine pate with canned sardines and sun-dried tomatoes

Super Tasty Sardine Pate

  • Author: Irena Macri
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: French
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Learn how to make a small batch of super tasty sardine pate that you can serve as a spread or a dip. It’s super nutritious, gluten-free, paleo, Whole30 and low-carb friendly. You will need 5 key ingredients and 10 minutes!



120 g can of sardines (90100 g drained solids)
4 sun-dried tomato halves (preserved in oil, not the dry ones)
1.5 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon chopped spring onion or red onion
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon hot sauce or Sriracha (optional)


  • Add all ingredients either to a food processor or a medium bowl if using an immersion blender stick. Blend until just smooth. Don’t over-process it too much. I like to pulse blend a few times, making sure I scrape and incorporate all ingredients evenly.
  • Transfer to a bowl to serve with crispbreads, sourdough, sliced veggies, low-carb or paleo crackers or use in wraps, salads etc.


To make a large batch, double or triple the ingredients as needed.

You can use this recipe with another type of canned fish.




Canned sardines recipes - tasty pate

Canned sardines recipes - tasty pate

About the author: I share tasty recipes, tips, and meal plans to help you get healthier and lose weight. I am a qualified nutrition coach with an Advanced Diploma in Nutrition & Weight Management. More about me here.

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  1. I just can´t believe how good this is.. both my kids hate tinned fish but can´t get enough of this,

    1. Thanks, Jenny. That’s so good to hear, especially as sardines are so good for those growing brains. Glad the whole family can enjoy! Irena

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