Pinoy Comfort Food: Ginisang Sardinas

Ginisang sardinas (sauteed sardines) reminds me so much of my childhood.  We didn’t have much when I was growing up.  And since a can of sardines was cheap, we would have ginisang sardinas often.  I used to tease my mother just how much sardines I needed to eat before I grew scales.  “Bakit?  Ayaw mo bang maging sirena?” (Why? Don’t you want to become a mermaid?) she would ask me.  Then we would laugh. In those days, we couldn’t afford fancy meals, but we laughed a lot and things didn’t seem so bad.

Ginisang Sardinas


2 cans sardines in tomato sauce

2-3 semi-ripe (manibalang) tomatoes, quartered

1 small red onion, sliced

2 cloves garlic, chopped

2 tsbs cooking oil


1.  Heat the oil in a pan.  Sautee garlic, onion and tomatoes.

2. Add the sardines.

3. Let simmer for 5-6 minutes.

4.  Serve over hot rice and with a cup of coffee.

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