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Spaghetti Sardines

Spaghetti Sardines

  • Author: Nunuk Sri Rahayu
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Rice & Noodles, Fish & Seafood
  • Method: Sautéing
  • Cuisine: Indonesian
  • Diet: Halal


Spaghetti sardines is a quick and easy meal made of spaghetti and canned sardines. The sardines are sautéed in spices for a Javanese touch, and then tossed with the spaghetti.


  • 250 spaghetti
  • 1 can of sardines in tomato sauce (around 425 gr)
  • 3 cloves garlic peeled, thinly sliced
  • 3 small shallots (or a small red onion), peeled, thinly sliced
  • 1 small tomato, sliced in wedges
  • 1/4 tsp white ground pepper
  • 2 big red chillies, sliced
  • 1 bird’s eyes chilli, sliced (optional)
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 cherry tomatoes, halved


  1. In a wok, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat.
  2. Sauté the sliced garlic and shallots for 2 minutes.

    Sauté the sliced garlic and shallots for 2 minutes.

  3. Add the chillies and tomatoes. Cook for another 2 minutes until fragrant.

    Add the chillies and tomatoes.

  4. Put in the canned sardines, add white pepper and salt. Gently stir to mix all the ingredients, being careful not to break the fish.

    Put in the canned sardines

  5. Continue to simmer until the sauce thickens, around 10 minutes.
  6. Cook the spaghetti according to the packaging instructions.
  7. Toss the spaghetti with the sardines, and garnish with fresh tomatoes for extra freshness.
  8. Serve immediately.


  • A drizzle of freshly squeezed lemon juice is also a great addition to the dish.
  • As long as canned sardines and spaghetti are present, missing one or two ingredients is OK. This is an experimental dish. It doesn’t have to be perfect.

Keywords: Quick and Easy, Experimental, Spicy