Maria Organic Small Spiced Sardines in Olive Oil


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Where it's from: Matosinhos, Portugal

Producer: José Gourmet - Adriano Ribeiro & Luís Mendonca

The EVOO gives a flowery bouquet up front, with a nice little kick of spice on the finish.

What's Inside?

Ingredients: Sardines, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, pickles, cloves, carrots and pepper, piri-piri and bay leaf.

What you get: One 3.2oz (90g) tin

Why We Love It

In an effort to stand out on shelves and differentiate themselves from other brands, Adriano and Luís collaborated with twelve of Portugal’s most well-known children’s illustrators to create the packaging, making the tins both recognizable to local, and captivating to tinned fish newbies. They’ve even worked with a renowned Portuguese chef to create a set of recipes for both adults and children to go with the tins.

How To Eat It

These have such a delicious flavor, we’d put them on top of some crusty bread with tomatoes, red onion and lots of garlic for a twist on bruschetta.

About Maria Organic

Maria Organic takes an opposite approach of many present-day canneries; rather than relying on tradition and nostalgia to create their brand, they’re working to refurbish and modernize the idea of traditional canned foods to captivate new generations of tinned fish eaters. With innovative flavors and sustainable fishing practices, Maria Organic has created a richer flavored product that’s better for the environment.

⚠ Prop 65 Warning

Consuming this product can expose you to chemicals including lead, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to


How do I eat/serve tinned fish?

Ideally, you can just eat it straight out of the tin—so long as you're buying high quality products (but that's why you're here, isn't it?). For a simple preparation, you can put it toasted sourdough bread or crackers, with a little mustard and pickled vegetables for some balanced acidity.

There are many ways to enjoy this beautiful tradition, if you're looking for recipe inspiration check out this link for some ideas!

How long will it last once I buy it?

Tinned fish lasts a very long time. We generally say it's best to consume the product by the "Best used by" date printed on the tin for best results, however people have been aging tins for generations. These products are completely shelf-stable and should last at least 3-5 years un-opened!

Why is tinned seafood more "sustainable"?

While not unequivocal, there are definitely environmental benefits to tinned seafood. A few reasons include: Increased traceability, shelf-stable, zero food waste, recyclable materials, and lower-footprint supply chains.

Why is an oyster farm selling tinned fish?

Tinning fish is a time-honored way of preserving seafood at peak freshness that has sustained families for generations; not only on the dinner table, but by providing a stable income to small coastal communities around Europe. At one time, tinned fish was even served to inmates in local prisons and was the main protein source for lower income families along remote coastlines. This history is reminiscent of the popularity of oysters here in the United States during the 19th century, when the abundance of wild oysters gave economic stability and affordable protein to working class families for decades until oyster stocks were depleted.

As an oyster farm, we’re diehard evangelists of the benefits of responsible ocean farming. We see aquaculture as an integral part of our future global food system. With the ability to grow shellfish, we reduce the dependency on wild stocks, decrease the excess of nitrogen in our oceans, and create meaningful jobs in coastal communities. Everybody wins.