Nissui Whole Sardines in Miso (Iwashi Miso Ni)


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“Rich miso flavor finish” is the tagline.

These are Thai fish, canned in Japan.

The can reads “Delicious blue fish for the body” (In English, we’d say “for
health” rather than “for the body”).

Nissui’s corporate website has a lot of information about sustainability,
zero plastics, and diversity.

100g (3.53 oz) tin

In stock

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Ingredients: Sardines (Sardinops melanostictus), water soybean paste (soybean, rice, salt), sugar, food starch-modified, salt, guar gum.

Check out Matthew Carlson enjoying these, Hagoromo Sardines in Soy Sauce (Iwashi de Kenko), and Nissui Whole Sardines in Sweet Soy Sauce (Iwashi Ajitsuke).


  1. wadematthewtroyer (verified owner)

    I had this tin warmed up over some leftover rice.

    The flavor of the sauce was lovely, with a really savory flavor and a noticeable hit of sweetness as well. I am not sure I would pinpoint the flavor as being “miso,” more like generic sweet-savory with a slight meatiness. The one thing that threw me off was the texture once warmed up, they got kind of gummy and almost stuck to my teeth in an unappetizing way.

    The flavor though was great and for being a meal in a can and not something other brands do, I would definitely buy more of this in future to have on hand for a quick meal or to add to something else. This would be phenomenal alongside a some bok choy or gai lan, something bitter or vegetal to offset the savory sweetness.

  2. Hream McDan (verified owner)

    A pretty solid tin that is perfect for chilly weather. Warm up leftover rice, put this tin in some just-off-boiling water for 10 minutes … excellent. I felt like these were a little higher quality sardines than I expected, they held together nicely. Texture was moist, not too soft and not too firm. I didn’t add a thing to the sauce -it didn’t really need it- but next time, I’ll probably top it with some scallions and a touch of wasabi. The Nissui miso mackerel is very similar to this tin, I liked both but maaaaybe the mackerel a little more? Regardless, if you’re the kind of person who frequently has leftover rice, then you should have always one of the Nissui miso tins on hand for a quick, delicious lunch.

  3. Riley Mitchell (verified owner)

    Had this warmed up over a bowl of Tamago Kake Gohan(rice with raw egg) for breakfast, such a good can for little money. The miso sauce has a hint of sweetness that pairs with well with the fish. The fish were firm, but flaky, no mush at all. Definitely going to keep a can or two of these on hand, very filling over rice.

  4. CAleb TEnenbaum (verified owner)

    Nice tin! Good warmed up as suggested, with rice. This is the 2nd Japanese tin we tried. We really enjoyed the sauce. The texture was nice, although I felt a little bit of spikiness from the bones which I am not used to experiencing. Overall, they were solid and I would consider buying again, except I think the Hagoromo Sardines in Soy Sauce (Iwashi de Kenko) are just a step better. At the same price point and use-case, I would recommend those.

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