What are Sardines?

Sardines are a small pelagic species that are particularly common in Mediterranean cooking. In recent years the Cornish fishery has been revitalised by the reappearance of sardine stocks off the Cornish coast. This has helped to reinvigorate the UK taste for sardines. Very popular for grilling or marinading. this fish is also very high in omega fatty acids, making them extremely healthy eating. Tastewise, sardines offer strong a taste.

Latin Name

Sardina Pilchardus


Sardines tend to be most readily available from July to January.


Herrings make for a good alternative to sardines.

Catch Info

Purse seine, pelagic trawl, or ring net.

Popular Sardine Questions

What country eats the most sardines?

More than 60 percent of the national sardine catch is consumed fresh in Portugal. Sardines play an important role in Portuguese culture and cuisine.

How many varieties of sardines are there?

There are as many as 22 species of fish that are considered to be sardine type products.

What were sardines named after?

Sardines are thought to have been named after the island of Sardinia, where they were once in abundance.

What are sardines known for?

Sardines are possibly best known for being an oily fish and a good source of omega-3 fatty acid.

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