The term sardine first crops up in English in around the 15th century. It most likely refers to the Italian island of Sardinia which was once a favourite playground for huge schools of these silver fish.
Sardines are often sold in oil-packed tightly together in tins, which is why they lend their name to the old-school party game. But while some go mad for tinned sardines on toast, their strong, fishy flavour will have others turning their nose up in disgust.
We sell our sardines fresh which we think gives them a much wider appeal. Their oily flesh still possesses an unmistakeably fishy aroma and taste, but it is not nearly as pungent as that of their tinned counterparts.
How to Cook
Fresh sardines are a great fish to enjoy in the sun. They cook quickly when grilled or barbecued and play well with Mediterranean flavours like olives, capers, fennel, roasted garlic and herbs.
Cooked sardines also work well in a rich, tomato, spaghetti sauce.
What to Drink
Crisp, zesty white wines pair best with oily fish like sardines and mackerel. Muscadet, Italian Whites or an inexpensive White Bordeaux all make ideal accompaniments to sardines, especially when enjoyed al fresco.
All our fresh and frozen fish and seafood arrives at your door vacuum packed. This helps to ensure that it stays fresh and is easy to store in your fridge or freezer.
All fresh fish and seafood should be stored in the refrigerator at a temperature of between 1 and 4°C and consumed by the date given on its packaging.
All orders will arrive within 1-2 working days, except for some local deliveries within Sussex which are shipped the same day via our own transport.
All deliveries will arrive before 5.30 pm.
We offer free delivery to all UK postcodes on orders over £40.