Pinhais Spiced Sardines in Olive Oil


The Premium brand from Conservas Pinhais,  makers of the legendary Nuri  products.

125g (4.4 oz) tin

Pictured with preserved lemon vinaigrette, fresh parsley, and pickled carrots.

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Ingredients: Sardines (Sardina pilchardus),  olive oil, cucumber, chilli, carrot, salt, cloves, black pepper, laurel.

Check out the Mouth Full of Sardines blog post about Pinhais.

See what @daywithmei thinks about the aromatics in this tin.

Check out SlowJabroni exploring this tin of spiced sardines.

The terms “spiced” and “spicy” are used pretty much interchangeably in the tinned fish world, to mean two different things: with a hot pepper (or hot pepper flavor), and with cloves/bay/carrot/hot pepper. There are many examples of both terms being used to mean both things.

We are so frustrated by how widespread this confusing inconsistent usage is that we’ve gone through our entire product line to correct the incorrect ones such that our description of “spiced” or “spicy” will always indicate which it really is, regardless of the packaging. “Spicy” = with hot pepper flavor. “Spiced” = with the cloves/bay/carrot/hot pepper flavors.


  1. Jeff (verified owner)

    You’ve tried Nuri spiced sardines, loved them, and noticed Pinhais on the label. You’ve sampled other brands’ spiced sardine offerings and had mixed experiences. Where do you go from here?

    These are part of Pinhais’ premium line, so they must be amazing, right? Nuri spiced ‘dines are already amazing… could this tin be better?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this tin. No mistaking, they’re Pinhais ‘dines. Lovely texture, nice aroma, and super delicious. If these aren’t at the top of the spiced ‘dine mountain, they’re an important step along the way.

  2. Benjamin Wedepohl (verified owner)

    I tried these alongside the Nuri spiced sardines to see if I could tell a difference. From a taste perspective, they were very close. The spice in the Pinhais was a little nicer and a little deeper than the Nuri, but still very close. The difference I noticed was the sardines themselves, very large and flavorful, and while the Nuri ones are absolutely fantastic, these were a little better in my opinion. If you like the Nuri ones, give these a shot for a special occasion!

  3. jslaton009 (verified owner)

    Ate this side by side with the Nuri. Both delicious and comparable in overall terms of flavor. Pinhais was slightly larger and a higher level of spice.

    I think the Nuri are a great value but if you’re looking for something with a bit more punch and quality with the same overall profile, these fit the bill.

  4. Irina (verified owner)

    These sardines were delicious – tender, soft, and incredibly flavorful. The spice was slightly more intense and the sardines are a bit softer than Nuri’s, but it’s close enough that I think it would be hard to tell without comparing them side by side.

    If you already love Nuri sardines and want to feel a little extra fancy, then these will serve you well. On ordinary occasions when I’m not ready to splurge, Nuri will still do the trick.

  5. Hream McDan (verified owner)

    Satisfying and wonderful. Is there anything better than a high quality spiced sardine? I think not. These Pinhais are no exception and definitely met my expectations. Better than Nuri? No, probably not, but they’re right there at the same tasty level and doing their own slightly-different-but-very-similar thing. I’m not sure I could differentiate them from Nuri well enough for me to justify the extra few bucks, but I certainly would enjoy having these again a few months from now just to make sure, for the sake of science. Absolutely worth buying for anyone (like myself) who yearns to try all of the spiced sardines in the world.

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