King Oscar Sardines Recipes and Sardine Spread

Last Updated on July 24, 2023 by Ellen Christian

Check out these King Oscar Sardines recipes! We are huge fans of King Oscar sardines and are always looking for new ways to enjoy them.

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While my daughter loves eating them straight out of the tin, I prefer to use them as an ingredient in a few favorite recipes. This Sardine Spread recipe is one of my favorites.

King Oscar Sardines Recipes and Mediterranean Sardine Spread

King Oscar Sardines Recipes

Here are a variety of King Oscar sardines recipes that you can enjoy. We prefer the sardines packed in oil, but many of them will work with the sardines packed in tomato sauce or mustard. If you want to cut the oil content, you could try King Oscar sardines in water.

You will need to experiment to find the right taste combination. This is our favorite.

Are King Oscar Sardines wild-caught?

King Oscar wild catches their bristling sardines in Norwegian waters. When shopping, you can tell which sardines are wild-caught because they will have “wild-caught” on the front of the tin. I always try to buy wild-caught fish whenever possible. And, it’s easy when I buy King Oscar sardines. 

sardines swimming

What are bristling sardines?

A bristling sardine is a member of the fish family that contains sardines, herring, and shads. Sardines really aren’t a separate species of fish.

They are a seafood product that’s made from 22 different types of fish. You can find sardines in the North Atlantic Ocean and the Labrador Ocean all the way south until about South Carolina.

King Oscar catches their sardines responsibly in Norwegian waters. Find them here.

Do King Oscar sardines have bones?

They do, yes. King Oscar sardines have both bones and skin. But, you really don’t notice them because they are so small.

And, because the bones have not been removed, King Oscar sardines are high in calcium. You get all of the nutrition from the entire sardine. 

King Oscar Sardines Recipes and Mediterranean Sardine Spread

What’s good with sardines?

So many things taste good with sardines! You can keep it simple and pile one on top of a cracker or melba toast. Or, you can chop them up and add them to pizza.

Or, use them in this delicious Mediterranean Sardine Spread. You might want to try my Caprese Salad with Sardines.

sardines in a can

Are sardines better than tuna?

Both are good for you and contain Omega-3s which make them a heart-healthy choice. But, if you wonder are sardines better than tuna, Sardines are higher in Vitamin E and in calcium. There’s no reason why you can’t enjoy both.

As I get older, I realize more and more how important what I eat is to how I feel.  So, there are some foods that are super healthy for you, and I’ve been trying to add more of them into my diet.  

One of the things I’m eating more of is sardines.  You will get Omega-3, calcium, iodine, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and selenium when you eat sardines. 

King Oscar Sardines sardine recipe

I choose King Oscar Mediterranean Style Sardines.  They have extra virgin olive oil, herbs of Provence, red bell pepper, and black olives.  King Oscar is committed to using responsible fishing practices.  

They use seafood solely from trusted suppliers and from fisheries that are managed and regulated according to best marine science and strict international standards.  Finally, they use recyclable, BPA-free packaging materials such as aluminum and tin – and they use as little plastic as possible.

If you enjoy sardines, you should buy them from a company that can be trusted to provide a high-quality product with as little damage to the environment as possible. So, I hope you’ll try a few of these King Oscar sardines recipes.

You can find King Oscar products at most local grocery stores. Or, you can get them on Amazon.

sardine spread on bread

King Oscar Sardines recipes to try

Do you eat sardines straight out of the can? Or do you prefer them as an ingredient?

Check out these King Oscar Sardines recipes! We are huge fans of King Oscar sardines and are always looking for new ways to enjoy them.


Sardine recipe: Mediterranean Sardine Spread

So, you can put this Mediterranean Sardine Spread on crackers, bagels, melba toast, toast wedges, or even bagel chips. If you’re following a gluten-free diet, you can look for gluten-free bread to eat this with. 

For those that follow a specific diet, this recipe is gluten-free provided you use a gluten-free cracker or bread. If you want to make it lactose-free, use dairy-free cream cheese. There are several brands of soy-based cream cheese at our grocery store that would work fine.

Yield: 6

Sardine recipe: Mediterranean Sardine Spread

Check out these King Oscar Sardines recipes! We are huge fans of King Oscar sardines and are always looking for new ways to enjoy them.

Check out these King Oscar Sardines recipes! We are huge fans of King Oscar sardines and are always looking for new ways to enjoy them.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1 (3 3/4 oz) can of sardines in oil, drained
  • 1 (4 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 tsp dried dill weed
  • 2 tbsp prepared mustard
  • crackers or bagels


  1. In medium bowl, combine sardines, cream cheese, celery, onion, dill, and mustard. Mix well. Refrigerate, covered for up to two days.
  2. To serve, mound in a bowl and surround with crackers or spread on a bagel.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 99Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 161mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 3g

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12 thoughts on “King Oscar Sardines Recipes and Sardine Spread”

  1. This is a great recipe and crowd pleaser! I leave the celery out of the dip, but serve it with celery and bell pepper slices.
  2. This recipe is absolutely delicious. I was heading over to a potluck get-together with several friends and made this as my contribution. It was a quick and easy hors d'oeuvre to make. I came home with an empty plate and had requests for the recipe.
  3. I love sardines and like your daughter often eat them straight out of the can with a squeeze of lemon juice. But this recipe sounds yummy, except I avoid most lactose {dairy} and gluten so I think I might try substituting a raw, vegan cashew cream for the cream cheese and serve it on rice crackers. Thanks for the great idea! Visiting from Titus Tuesdays.

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