This post was sponsored by Season Brand Sardines. All thoughts & opinions are always my own.
Enjoy this Italian Fisherman’s Sardine Stew made with pantry staples. This simple & traditional Italian stew is loaded with bright & authentic flavor for a quick anytime meal.
It’s not a secret – I’m quite partial to Italian food. I can easily say it’s my favorite cuisine. Not only do I love the bright and complex flavors – I also appreciate the sheer simplicity of it all.
Like most cuisines, people worked with local ingredients they had on hand. Each region had a different abundance of ingredients at their disposal. Hence, Northern Italian dishes are quite different than Southern Italian dishes.
The Fisherman’s Stew is one of those simple, beautiful dishes. It was made with the catch of the day, or the random leftovers from the catch of the day. You can throw any combination of fish or shellfish in this stew and it will yield a hearty, flavorful bowl of deliciousness.
An Italian buddy told me that Fisherman’s Stew was known almost as a peasant fisherman’s dish that became a comfort food over the generations. He also swore it’s the best cure for a long, overindulgent night out.
Today I’m working with pantry staples. Tomatoes aren’t in season and I have no fresh fish on hand. I do though, have a pantry filled with crushed tomatoes and canned goods…
I’ve partnered with Season Sardines to share a few recipes to show you how delicious & diverse the mighty little sardine can be.
Sardines pack a major punch of flavor and nutrition. Sardines are a very tasty fish – but not overwhelmingly fishy. One little can is LOADED with Omega-3 Fatty Acids, plus high in calcium, protein and iron.
Sardines are also far lower in contaminants than many of the bigger fish we eat.
Season Brand Sardines are wild caught & certified sustainable. This is important – not only are some more popular fish we eat aggressively over-fished, often there are questions of origins and handling.
Ready to eat right out of the tin, sardines make a great addition to any of your recipes.
Like in this Fisherman’s Sardine Stew. Throw everything in a pot, simmer and dinner is ready in no time.
This stew becomes a hearty meal with a nice salad and LOADS of fresh, crusty bread for dipping. Bread is an absolute necessity with this stew.
Feel free to throw whatever other seafood you have on hand in the pot. I love adding mussels to this!
Here’s to a quick, healthy & absolutely delicious meal!
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Fisherman's Sardine Stew
- 4 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 large onion chopped
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 cup wine red or white (I used red)
- large can crushed tomatoes 28 oz
- fish or seafood stock 15 oz can
- can diced tomatoes 14.5 oz
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon parsley
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper more to taste if preferred
- 5-6 cans Season Sardines drained
- mussels or other shellfish optional
- Large loaf of fresh crusty bread
- Heat olive oil in a dutch oven or large saucepan.
- Saute onions until translucent, about 10 minutes.
- Add minced garlic, saute for a minute or two.
- Add wine, scrape pan to deglaze.
- Add crushed tomatoes, fish stock, diced tomatoes, salt, pepper, parsley & crushed red pepper.
- Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 15- 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Taste, add additional red pepper if more heat is preferred.
- Add sardines. Stir in, breaking up some sardines.
- Simmer for 10 - 15 minutes.
- Salt & pepper to taste if necessary.
- Serve with lots of crusty bread for dipping.
- Enjoy 🙂
Dawn @ Words Of Deliciousness
I haven’t had sardine in a long time. Love using them in this stew. Sounds delicious!!
Amy (Savory Moments)
This stew is something I’ve never seen before — I haven’t had sardines in a long time, but I’d definitely give this a try!
S D Christopher
This is good . I am not a cook . Just started to make simple healthy meal. I pickled stew as it is easy to make and you do not go wrong. @nd trying stew .. Made this stew with this recipe . I add potatoes and cabbage for more filling. This is nice . I like it really awesome. Though I needed to use local Chinese wine as normal wine was not available. Thank you for the guide.. I love it .. it is awesome taste… I am A big Fan for sardines..
I love Sardines and Tomato soup. I always add fresh basil and butter. Perfect for cold days, good and bad.
Absolutely loved this recipe. I freestyled most of it using this as a base; followed the instructions without the pepper as I only had an orange one and worried that it might be too sweet as my tomatoes were on the sweeter side too. Added tomato puree in place of crushed tomato and a little tomato paste to thicken. Also didn’t have any fish stock so I used a cup of vegetable stock with a tablespoon of fish sauce in place of it. Finished with fresh chopped basil and served it with homemade garlic bread. Fantastic!