No Pressure Cooker Homemade Spanish Sardines

My mom used to make homemade Spanish sardines when I was a kid, hence my preference for hot and spicy sardines. I never got the chance to make it since I don’t have a pressure cooker at home. But I saw this fresh fish, called salmon in Cebuano (not your temperate salmon, though) and making homemade Spanish sardines came to mind. A Spanish sardines recipe got me started, albeit without a pressure cooker. I just planned on simmering the whole thing over very low heat for several hours till the meat fell off the bones. This is a really easy preparation, for as long as your fish is fresh. SInce you will be cooking the sardines for a few hours, you will also need a thick-bottomed pan to prevent burning. Once water has evaporated, you can fry the fish a little to get little crisp. Yum!

homemade sardines

Homemade Spanish Sardines

1/2 kilo of fish

1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 bay leaves
1 medium sized carrot, chopped

2 tbsp pickle relisk

Handful of fresh siling labuyo (hot chilis) or 1-2 tsp chili powder

1 tbsp salt

1 tbsp whole black pepper

1 cup olive oil

Clean fish, remove scales and cut into serving pieces. Layer half of the carrot slices on a thick bottomed pan. Spread half of the pickle relish, black peppers, siling labuyo  (chili powder can be used as well) and salt on top of the carrots. Layer the fish next then add the rest of the ingredients. Pour the olive oil and add water just enough to cover the fish.  Bring to the boil and let it simmer over low fire until water has evaporated. At the this point, you can fry the fish a little in the oil to get a crisp layer.  Serve with steamed rice, pasta or in a sandwich.

Enjoy hot, spicy and really delicious Spanish sardines straight from your kitchen!



  1. Gay! this is such a useful recipe and much healthier than the commercial sardines in bottles or cans. I’ll try to make it at home using olive oil. Thanks for the recipe :)

  2. Hi Nini! It’s good, and you can adjust the saltiness as well. Enjoy!

  3. hi…mukhang masarap ito. ill try making one kasi mahal ang spanish sardines sa grocery at wala din akong pressure cooker (takot din akong gumamit), hehe. tuloy ba kainan tom sa haus mo? hehe. liezl oberio nga pla ito, yung sa bloggers’ eyeball last sat :)

  4. i agree…super mega sarap nito… gay, gawan mo talaga ako nito para saken lang… hehehehe… nakakagana kumain dahil sa tamang anghang nya… here’s a pic of what we had yesterday…

  5. you have tons of fish recipes i am dying to try at home! thanks for sharing! :)

  6. Thanks for posting this recipe. I love sardines so will definitely try this recipe of yours.

  7. Hello,

    What do you mean by salmon in cebuano? Can you be more specific in what type of fish you used? Thank you.

  8. I’m not really sure what type of fish, but the vernacular is salmon. You can also use galunggong or the one they call sigarilyo.

  9. @angel

    Tamban in cebuano ata yung fish

  10. ed bayani says:

    Looks easy to do. Can I bottle this in 8 oz bottles for future eating?

    By the way, your profile photo looks like my friend a long time ago who headed the Kraft Test Kitchen

  11. Hi Ed, yes, it’s possible to do that. Just lookalike lang, I’ve never worked at Kraft.


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