Les Mouettes d’Arvor Sardines in EVOO w/ Lemon Confit and Chili Pepper


A clever mixture of lemon confit and chili pepper that can be enjoyed all year round. Pretty much all of the sardines out there use the piri-piri pepper for their heat, and it just isn’t that hot. But there’s something about this particular tin that makes it seem like the hottest of the not very hots.

115g tin

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Les Mouettes D’Arvor Concarneau, France

The Brittany coast is home to the Gonidec family and their cannery, named after the native seagulls, Les Mouettes d’Arvor. Their early focus on tuna and mackerel preservation in 1959 has expanded to a broader range of offerings
with the same dedication with which the family began. Be sure not to miss the selection of seafood rillettes.

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  1. fibersides (verified owner)

    These are in my top three all time favorites, and here’s why…..

    Consider the spiced sardines we all like with the piri-piri, pickle, peppercorn, et. al. Now consider that there’s usually a lemon variation, and a tomato sauce style also available from almost all our favorite canneries.

    This tin brings together a bit of heat and some nice acid in the oil bringing the tangy zip of lemon pepper to these deens, but… there’s more….

    These are Les Mouettes d’Arvor Sardines… They’re your gateway to the sexy French sardine scene. You just gotta love French sardines. They have a firm texture, they’re always clean as a whistle, and the multitude of styles and flavors available will always leave you wanting more.

    These are no exception and they really deliver a bright yet spicy flavor in the tin. I’ve had this and other Les Mouettes d’Arvor Sardine styles, and I highly recommend you add these to your cart regularly.

  2. William Kennedy (verified owner)

    Just excellent! Not overly spicy with a subtle hint of heat. In a similar way, the lemon flavor is a bit muted. The pepper and lemon make a very pleasant combination without covering up the sardine flavor. The fish were plump and mostly firm.

    The flavors come together so nicely. I couldn’t help but think that whoever developed this recipe was talented. My first batch of French sardines. These go right up in the top of my list.

  3. Fisheye (verified owner)

    Hands down, one of my favorite French tins. The sardines are beautiful and plump, 3-4/can, and nary a scale in sight. The peppers have a little bit of heat, somewhat of a slow burn, and the lemon brightens up the oily goodness of the fish and olive oil. These are easy to eat straight and would improve many a salad, pasta, or bowl of rice. I think these would be good fried too.

  4. CAleb TEnenbaum (verified owner)

    These are really fantastic sardines. If you’re worried about the spice level – don’t be. When I buy spiced tins, I’m always a bit hesitant, worried that it may be too spicy, or that the spice may taste un-natural (even when it often is natural). The spice level here is very mild, and very natural. The sardines themselves are really high quality with great texture (soft but still with good substance) and fantastic flavor. We ate them on a piece of fresh bread with a small squeeze of lemon juice & pickled red onions and couldn’t get enough!! Can’t wait to buy these again and explore more from this brand.

  5. Matt (verified owner)

    This tin is an awesome change of pace! It’s a bit of a splurge, but totally worth it. Fish is firm. Lemon confit is a really nice way to cut through the richness. Not super spicy but you can tell the chili is there. These are easy to enjoy simply on crackers.

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