Matiz Sardines in Spanish Olive Oil


The curve for the ration between quality and cost is not linear. What that means is a sardine that costs twice as much may not necessary be twice as good, and a sardine that costs half as much may not be half as good. Just like wine, above a certain price point you can find quality products all across the range. Don’t let the price fool you on these, they’re a sardine a lot of sardine lovers love.

120g tin

In stock


Ingredients: sardines, olive oil, sea salt

See what Matthew Carlson has to say about these sardines compared to Matiz Small Sardines with Sweet Piquillo Peppers.


  1. Hream McDan (verified owner)

    4.5 stars. I love these regular Matiz, they are the *perfect* swiss-army knife of sardines. The texture is so meaty, so clean, so mild and versatile. This tin will absolutely break your scale of sardines if you’ve only ever eaten the cheaper grocery store brands, it completely ruined lesser tins for me. If you only know King Oscar, Seasons, etc then these will absolutely blow you away. They are pure and delicious.

    Are they still my #1 overall today? No, I’m shocked to admit that they’ve been dethroned by Riga Gold, Fangst no. 1, Nuri spiced in tomato. Seems sacrilegious to say but it’s true. With that said, this remains to be a tin that I’ll **always** have in my pantry, it is absolutely irreplaceable and the most versatile top-shelf sardine that I’ve ever had. Plus, it’s the perfect gateway tin to gift someone who only knows about sardines that you can get in the grocery store … I’ve given many of these away to friends and family so that their sardine brains are broken too.

    Thank you Matiz for completely shattering the ceiling of what I thought a sardine could be. Every person who comes to this page, and to this website in general, should absolutely try this tin if you haven’t already.

  2. Max D (verified owner)

    4 stars, solid sardine, I keep a few tins around.

    I agree with the review above– I have a few I like more (Nuri Spiced in Olive Oil) that are only slightly more expensive but if I were going to stir it into a fried rice or something else with just a bit of sardine in it, I’m not sure I’d know the difference.

  3. Greg L (verified owner)

    When I want Sardines, just plain sardines, this is the tin I reach for. It has been about 1 or 2 years since I found there was more to sardines than Chicken of the Sea (shudder) and King Oscar. Matiz Sardines in Olive Oil changed the game for me such that it could never be played the same again. In sandwiches, cooked, straight out of the tin. This time checks all the boxes for me. Opening the tin, you get a waft of great Sardine smell. The skin is shimmery silver and mostly unmarred. They come out whole with a fork or chopsticks fairly easily. They are large, meaty sardines. The texture is not too soft nor firm with fantastic moistness and depth of flavor. These may not be the best sardine out there, but I’ve never regretted cracking open a tin of these over something else. If you haven’t tried these, just stop reading and go buy them.

  4. Lawrence Kalinowski (verified owner)

    3 large, clean, moderately firm plain fillets in delicious oil. kind of sums it up. very simple & very good. delicious product

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