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Steamed Sardines in Tomato Sauce

This steamed sardines in tomato sauce is my mum’s way of cooking a can of sardines.  This recipe is very local style, and every family has their own way of serving this dish. I do think my mum’s method is very easy, practical and yummy :D Check out the step-by-step photos in this post.

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Steamed Sardines in Tomato Sauce Recipe
Although there is a no-cook version of this recipe (upcoming), the steamed version will always be evergreen because not everyone eats raw onions. Steaming reduces the pungency of raw onions. It also binds the flavours together, resulting in a more delicious sauce.


Canned Sardines in Tomato Sauce
I used a 155g mini can of sardines in tomato sauce (pictured above), which serves 1-2 person(s). Use any favourite brand, preferably those without preservatives. I love the mini can, as it makes a good lunch for one when I’m home alone. This recipe multiples well; If using 2 mini cans or 1 big can, increase the other ingredients accordingly. Or, reference the photos below to “eyeball” the ingredients without measuring.

Steamed Sardines in Tomato Sauce Recipe
Line thinly sliced onions on a steaming dish.

Steamed Sardines in Tomato Sauce Recipe
Empty a can of sardines (including the tomato sauce it is soaked in) over the onions.

Steamed Sardines in Tomato Sauce Recipe
Add some ketchup (not too much or you need sugar as ketchup is tangy).

Steamed Sardines in Tomato Sauce Recipe
Add tomatoes and cut chilli. P.S. I added a few more onion slices only for tutorial photography purposes.

Steamed Sardines in Tomato Sauce Recipe
Steam for 5-12 minutes, depending how soft you like your onions and tomatoes. The steaming time is flexible since you can even eat this without cooking.  P.S. The wok was covered with lid during steaming, after this pic was taken.

Steamed Sardines in Tomato Sauce Recipe
I steamed mine for 6 minutes, just enough to cook the onions to a softened state without everything getting too mushy. Squeeze lime juice over the contents.

Steamed Sardines in Tomato Sauce Recipe
Give the sauce a stir with a spoon so that it is evenly mixed. Even though the sauce looked messier now, it had gotten a lot more delicious ;)

Steamed Sardines in Tomato Sauce Recipe
The sweet+spicy+savoury sardine tomato sauce goes so well with steamed rice.

Steamed Sardines in Tomato Sauce Recipe
I actually solo-ed this with 2 servings of brown rice for lunch, because I can’t stop. Overeating >_< but very satisfied :)

2 comments on “Steamed Sardines in Tomato Sauce”

  1. What a great way to use tinned sardines! I can’t wait to try this because I still have a couple of tins in my cupboard! Thanks for this brilliant idea!

  2. Tried no-cook, oven-style, rice-cooker methods which are all similar to steamed version. Simple and delicious – can’t go wrong with it. Yum yum.

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