Claire’s Sardine Cakes

Claire’s Sardine Cakes





  • 1 3-or 4-ounce can sardines in water or olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder or 2-3 garlic cloves minced or pressed
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder or paprika
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup flour
  • Fresh herbs (thyme, oregano, basil, parsley -optional)


  • 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • Greek or plain yogurt (optional)


  • Open and drain the can of sardines. Place the sardines into a bowl and mash with a fork.
  • Peel and dice onion, add to bowl.
  • Peel and mince or press garlic, if using, add to bowl.
  • Add spices to bowl and use a fork to mix the ingredients.
  • Add one egg and mash together.
  • Add 1/4 cup flour and mix. Ingredients should stick together, but not be moist and sticky or dry and crumbly. Add more flour if necessary.
  • Warm olive oil over medium heat in a stovetop skillet.
  • Evenly divide the sardine mixture into 3 portions. Spoon these portions onto the warm skillet and flatten. Cook until the bottom is slightly browned. Flip and cook until the other side is slightly browned.
  • Serve topped with optional Greek or plain yogurt and herbs.