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Simple Recipes for Little Fish (Slideshow)

Six simple, savory, elegant ways to enjoy small fish.

  • Sardine Pâté

    Mash sardines with capers, lemon juice, chopped thyme, cayenne, olive oil, salt and black pepper. Serve on endive leaves or with whole-grain crackers and fresh veggies. For a creamier pâté, mix the fish with cream cheese, crème fraîche or goat cheese.

  • Antipasti Plate

    Artfully place anchovies, sardines or kippers on a plate with fresh or pickled vegetables and whole-grain crackers.

    You can also make bagna cauda: warmed chopped anchovies, garlic, extra-virgin olive oil and butter together and serve with grilled vegetables and rustic whole-grain bread or crackers.

  • Tossed Pasta

    Mix chopped sardines, smoked kippers or anchovies with garlic, diced tomatoes, and capers, and then toss with pasta.

  • Pan-Fried Sardines

    Lightly dredge canned sardines in cornmeal and sauté until crisp. Top your favorite salad or pasta dish with them. For extra oomph, dress your salad with a simple vinaigrette of lemon juice, olive oil and chopped sardines or anchovies.

  • Olive and Anchovy Spread

    Make a tasty puree of Kalamata olives, anchovies, capers, garlic and olive oil. Use as a spread for a sandwich, a dip for veggies, or a condiment for grilled fish or chicken.


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