Ingredients: Sardines (Sardina pilchardus): min 70%, Olive Oil: 29%, Chilli: 0.3%, Salt.
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.
Pat Hachey (verified owner) –
Spicy nakey fishies! The first thing I noticed after cracking the can was how bright red the oil is compared to other spiced ‘dines I’ve had. It looks like the spice is more thoroughly distributed throughout the oil instead of relying on a piri piri or two. The pieces of fish are sizeable, meaty and clean. I didn’t expect them to be as soft as they are, but they’re not overly moist. A good middle ground it seems. Salt level is a little high, but I’m very happy with the spice level.
thomastylerk (verified owner) –
The oil is actually spicy! Very impressed. Don’t drain too much of the oil if you really want the spicy kick. A little salty, but still enjoyable if you don’t mind the sodium. If texture scares you in the tinned fish world, these are perfect! Smooth and tender with no gritty bones left behind. When I reorder this one, I’m imagining I’ll use it in a pasta with the canned oil as dressing to retain the lovely spice! If you drain this all the way, expect to only detect a hint of spice..
Sarah Voorhees (verified owner) –
I usually go for skin on and bone on but wanted to try these given the spiciness described in others reviews. Worth the trade off! The flavor is superb, the spiciness different very present but also balanced with the flavor of the fish. I had them with some crusty bread but I think would be great with pasta as well. Would buy again!
Ashlee McClelland (verified owner) –
Great! Good flavor all around (spice & fish). The oil is *chef’s kiss*. Will definitely order again!!
newsletteracct (verified owner) –
I wanted to try these based on the reviews regarding the spiciness and they didn’t disappoint – the pristine filets are beautifully packed in the tin with an oil that doesn’t skimp on heat.