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Tumis Sardines: Sauteed Canned Sardines

Tumis Sardines: Sauteed Canned Sardines

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


Cooked with chillies, garlic, shallots and tomatoes, tumis sardines elevates regular canned sardines in tomato sauce and gives it an Indonesian flavour. A quick and tasty dish, especially when fresh fish isn’t available.


  • 1 can of sardines in tomato sauce (around 425 gr)
  • 3 cloves garlic peeled, thinly sliced
  • 3 small shallots (can be substituted with a small red onion), peeled, thinly sliced
  • 1 small tomato, sliced in wedges
  • 0.25 tsp white ground pepper
  • 1 big red chilli (optional), sliced
  • 4 whole bird’s eyes chillies (optional)
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil

    Tumis Sardines ingredients


  1. In a wok, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat.
  2. Sautee the sliced garlic, shallots, big red chilli and tomato until fragrant, around 4 minutes.

    Tumis Sardines saute

  3. Put in the canned sardines, add white pepper, salt and the whole bird’s eye chillies. Gently stir to mix all the ingredients, being careful not to break the fish.
  4. Continue to simmer until the sauce thickens, around 10 minutes.

    Tumis Sardines simmer

  5. When done, transfer the sardines to a serving plate.


  • This dish goes well with pasta as well, especially noodle-shaped types such as spaghetti, angel hair or fettuccini.

Keywords: Quick & Easy, Fish, Seafood, Sardines