Espinaler Baby Sardines in Olive Oil 20/25, Premium Line


Baby sardines cooked, steamed, and packed in olive oil. The 20/25 number refers to the approximate number of sardines in the can. With some seafood the larger the product the more sought after it is, with sardines it’s the opposite.

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What kind of fish is a “sardine”? The answer is more complicated than you might expect. Here’s an explainer from Wikipedia.

See what Matthew Carlson has to say about these baby sardines in this video.

Or see him eat them here.

Check out the Mouth Full of Sardines blog post about this tin.


  1. jfeyes (verified owner)

    First let me start off by saying that the only reason for the 4 stars is $10.00. The quality of the sardines is 5 star for sure. I f you don’t mind shelling out $10 a can for only 3 ounces of sardines…..well ENNNJOY!

  2. Pat Hachey (verified owner)

    Was saving these to share and decided to just treat myself! Pretty, silvery little guys that are surprisingly firm for a tiny ‘dine. Maybe because they’re technically pilchards? Regardless, they hold up well to being plucked from the can with chopsticks. They’re slightly salty and the olive oil isn’t too thick or overwhelming. The first fishies were slightly dry but the ones at the bottom were slightly less dry than the slightly dry ones. For little morsels they are very meaty!

  3. Aaron Klopp (verified owner)

    These baby ‘dines were great – taste was clean and no bit of fishiness. Texture was pretty perfect in between firm and soft. I loved the size of these (obviously smaller for baby sardines), and were perfect for having with a cracker. I will say that presentation here was pretty nice as well – the packaging was on the larger size with the box opening on the front (where the art was)- and there being a picture of a fisherman on the inside flap and a”window” to show the tin inside (with a paper that provides some additional explanation (in Spanish). All in all, pretty standard high quality sardine – one of the better tins I’ve had.

  4. Isaac Zisman (verified owner)

    Absolute treat, this can. Intensely savory, firm textured little pilchards. Clean aroma, beautiful color. Comparable to your Peñas or Yurritas. Right down the lane, I’d say.

  5. (verified owner)

    Great flavor fish with a nice aftertaste. Has very slight meaty texture that was pleasant. Good tin. The quality is there.

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