Sardines for dinner!


I believe that, if you crave something, you should eat it. Your body is wiser than you are, and if it’s asking for a particular kind of food, probably you should give it the food it’s asking for.



I crave sardines sometimes. I started eating them in Morocco in the 1980s, because they were cheap and didn’t need cooking and were good with fresh bread. Also, the Atlantic waters off the Moroccan coast are rich with sardines (or they were in those days).



I learned then that sardines are not always four inches long and are not born in little metal cans. The best sardines are seven or eight inches long, and are wonderful when you grill them. The Moroccan fishermen kept all the best and biggest sardines, and we ate them with pleasure in Moroccan bars and restaurants. The rest were shipped to canneries.



But even small canned sardines are tasty.



In Morocco, you could buy sardines canned with preserved carrots, and peppers, and tomatoes, and anything you might wish. They were all delicious. Here in the USA, you can buy them in oil, or with hot sauce, or with mustard.



They are pungent, of course. The house smells of sardines for a few hours after I eat them. And you really shouldn’t heat them up, because they stink like holy hell if you do that.



Sardines are full of healthy stuff: calcium (you’re eating their feathery bones as you eat their succulent flesh), iron, omega-3 fatty acids, phosphorus, protein. They contain next to no carbohydrates. They contain Coenzyme Q10, which is an antioxidant and does just about everything but cure cancer.



They have a bad reputation, I think, those dusty little cans sitting in the back of the cupboard.



Get those little cans out of the cupboard and open them and have a feast.



Live a little.


About Loren Williams
Gay, partnered, living in Providence, working at a local university. Loves: books, movies, TV. Comments and recriminations can be sent to

4 Responses to Sardines for dinner!

  1. I used to eat sardines with my grandma and loved them. But the idea makes my squeamish now. I also ate oysters and kidneys as a child but not now. It is backwards to be a less picky eater when young.

    • Just the opposite for me. I grew up in a very picky family; all of us were very limited in our food choices, including my parents. Now that I’m older, I will try almost anything.

  2. starproms says:

    I love sardines and eat them often. I prefer them in olive oil, but they are also nice in tomatoe sauce. I think pilchards are the big variety? and they are delicious too. Now I want to go and eat some!

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