Homemade Spanish-style Sardines Recipe

Anything homemade is always extra special and this Spanish-style sardine dish is no exception.

Savor the bold flavors this Spanish-style sardine dish has to offer! Anything homemade is always extra special and this recipe is no exception. It may take some time in the pressure cooker, but this makes your fish much more tender. Definitely something worth the wait. Perfect to pair with freshly baked bread and your favorite coffee for a warm, comforting morning.

If you don’t have a pressure cooker, you can just boil the milkfish, submerged in water and olive oil, for 45 minutes or until the fish is tender. You can also bottle this up and give as gifts. Just don’t forget to sterilize your bottles properly. 

Homemade Spanish-style Sardines Recipe

Mira Angeles
Anything homemade is always extra special and this Spanish-style sardine dish is no exception.
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 hour
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Course Snacks/Merienda
Cuisine Spanish
Servings 10


Homemade Spanish-style Sardines Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Salt
  • 9 cups water
  • 1 kilo milkfish (bangus) cleaned, scaled, and with heads and tails cut off
  • 1 carrot sliced into rounds
  • 1 (135-gram) bottle pickles
  • 2 bay leaf
  • Salt
  • 1/2 Cup olive oil add more if needed
  • 1 (200-gram) pack Tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • red chili pepper (siling labuyo) Optional
  • 1 tablespoon peppercorns


  • Combine salt and water. Soak cleaned fish for 10 to 15 minutes and drain.
  • Arrange fish in a pressure cooker. Add the rest of the ingredients.
  • The amount of liquid should be enough to cover the ingredients. Add more oil if necessary. Cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until fish is tender.
  • Store submerged in oil in sterilized bottles until ready to eat.
Keyword tawilis, bangus tunsoy
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