Porthos Sardines in Hot Tomato Sauce 3/5


The term “hot” shouldn’t scare you away from these. The heat level is widely considered to be on the mild side. There is some heat present, but it is not going to make you want to go chug milk or anything. Try these tossed with pasta or mixed into rice. Or just eat them straight from the can, we’re not here to judge.

125g tin (4.4 oz)

In stock


Ingredients: sardines, tomato, sunflower oil, natural chili flavoring and salt


  1. emajkut (verified owner)

    If you’ve tried the Porthos Sardines in Tomato Sauce then you’ve already experienced 95% of what this tin has to offer. Unremarkable quality fish in a watery red tomato sauce that doesn’t do a whole lot to bring any extra flavor to the party. The heat is a welcome addition here, and some bites of this had a spicy kick that hit above many of the other “spicy” tins I’ve sampled. These aren’t bad by any means but they’re nothing to write home about. Several other Portugese producers offer a superior product for the same price.

  2. nrobinson (verified owner)

    I warmed these up in a water bath before serving over a bed of simple fried rice with peas. Inspired by the Italian-American dish steak pizzaiola.
    Nice firm texture, slightly dry like canned tuna but still fatty and rich. No spice heat whatsoever. Some of the skin was a bit beat up, but no scales. Nice sardine flavor though not too distinctive. The tomato sauce is mediocre… more sweet than acidic. This is my first tin from Porthos and for being a lower-mid priced Portuguese brand, it’s solid. I’ll explore the line some more, but will likely stick to other tomato sauce’d tins.

  3. marshallprather (verified owner)

    These are decent Portuguese style sardines. Some scales, firm but fell apart easily, the sauce was delicious but absolutely no hint of heat so I wouldn’t label these as ‘hot’. I ate one and tossed the rest with some leftover pasta, added a heap of Calabrian chili for some real spice. Quality tin but not one I will likely revisit given the alternatives.

  4. Hream McDan (verified owner)

    They’re fine. I recommend trying these only if you’ve *not* tried Nuri sardines in spiced tomato sauce before. They’re a slightly-above-average tomato sardine tin in general – fish quality is good, texture and moisture are solid. However, the sauce is quite watery and doesn’t really add much of anything here, but then again it doesn’t taste bad. Is this spicy? No, not at all, it’s a 1 out of 5 in terms of spiciness.

    I do enjoy Porthos in general but have to agree with others that this one ends up being a little forgettable. For a better Porthos time, try their spiced sardines! And for the best tomato’d sardine experience, go try that Nuri tin in spiced tomato sauce instead.

  5. an.heetae (verified owner)

    I was a little hesitant to agree with the other reviewers but I can definitely see what they mean. I chose to enjoy the Porthos sardines in hot tomato sauce with an arrabiata pasta and it was just okay. There is little to no spice from the tin but the fish itself wasn’t too bad! Honestly I would look for an alternative if you’re looking around this price point.

  6. HDNeal (verified owner)

    I’m a little more positive than most of the other reviewers. My tin had 3 very nice large fish. The fish were quite soft but not mushy. The spines and bones were not noticeable. The tomato sauce was not remarkable, but quite passable. It only took a small amount of hot sauce to really bring things together. If you like larger sardines and don’t like noticeable spines, etc., then this is your tin.

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