Sardines in Olive Oil

Sardines in Olive Oil
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Sardines are any type of small oily fish like sardines, mackerel, herring, or even milkfish, that have been preserved in oil or packed in sauce. I like sardines, I love sardines in olive oil, but I could only find one store that carried them in olive oil (Thai made as well) and was pricey to say the least. So I set out on an internet search and found this recipe, I have made it twice with excellent results.
Prep Time
3-24 hours
Cook Time
3-6 hours
Prep Time
3-24 hours
Cook Time
3-6 hours
Sardines in Olive Oil
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Votes: 1
Rating: 5
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Sardines are any type of small oily fish like sardines, mackerel, herring, or even milkfish, that have been preserved in oil or packed in sauce. I like sardines, I love sardines in olive oil, but I could only find one store that carried them in olive oil (Thai made as well) and was pricey to say the least. So I set out on an internet search and found this recipe, I have made it twice with excellent results.
Prep Time
3-24 hours
Cook Time
3-6 hours
Prep Time
3-24 hours
Cook Time
3-6 hours
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Clean your fish, for both times I made these I used 4 mackerel, remove the head, tail, insides, and clean well on the inside along the backbone. Leave skin on and bones in.
  2. I took each fish and cut into 3 pieces, place all in a bowl with a lid.
  3. Prepare your brine with 1/4 salt for 2 cups of water. I do this separate so I don't make more brine than what is needed. Make a batch and pour over the fish pieces, make more as needed to cover the fish.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours, I normally refrigerated over night.
  5. Remove the fish from the brine and place in a slow cooker, add the olive oil, water, pickle juice, bay leaves and peppercorns.
  6. Put the slow cooker on Low setting for 3-6 hours, depending on size of fish, 3 hours for small fish, like milkfish, and 6 hours for mackerel. Check the fish about an hour before the time, you are looking for soft fish and soft bones, if the bones are not soft, go another hour and check again, repeat until the bones are soft.
  7. When done and the fish and bones are soft, allow to cool and store in the fridge in olive oil.
  8. Serve as is with or on a lettuce salad with tomatoes and garlic, or as a sandwich with bread spread with mustard.
Recipe Notes

Mackerel will run about 25 baht per fish, if using as a light meal, well under $1 per person. If I use in a sandwich, I use 3 fish pieces, split each in half, lunch for under $1. If I use in a tomato salad, I use 3 pieces and just kind of chop them up, salad for under $1.

Used in Recipes Listed on this Site:

Crispy Sardines & Garlic Mayo,
Fisherman's Eggs, Made it,
Pasta with Sardines,
Sardine Sandwich I, Made it, GO-TO recipe,
Sardine Sandwich II, Made it,
Sardine Club Sandwich

Adapted from an internet recipe.

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