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Malaysian Style Sardine Sandwich

This is a budget-friendly and nutritious Malaysian Style Sardine Sandwich recipe. It’s made with canned sardines in tomato sauce, which usually originates from South East Asia. The smell of these fishes can be overwhelming for many; but, that can be easily negated with proper amount of seasonings and fresh ingredients. Like the ones used to make these very tasty sandwiches. Besides being rich in omega-3 fatty acids, sardines are also a good source of vitamin D, calcium, B12, and protein. So, you may want to give them a try!

NOTE: This is an updated post with a video cooking guide. {Original post published on 02/07/12}

Malaysian Style Sardine Sandwich


1 Loaf of Slice Sandwich Bread
1 English Cucumber, thinly sliced
Thin Omelette (6 eggs)
Unsalted Butter, at room temperature (optional)

2 Can (215g/7 ½ oz each) Sardines in tomato sauce, removed bones

½ of Medium-Size Red Onion, finely diced

2 Fresh Red Chili, seeded and finely sliced
4 to 5 Kalamansi Lime or 1 Big Lime, juiced

Freshly Ground White Pepper
Sea Salt


In a large bowl combines the sardines with the tomato sauce, onion, chili, lime juice, and season with generous amount of white pepper and some sea salt.

To serve, butter the bread, lay a piece of thin omelette, spread some sardine filling, layer with cucumber, and top with another piece of bread. Serve immediately with some fries or chips.

Serves 4 to 6


  1. Sound really yummy with spicy red chili !!

  2. I love sardines in tomato sauce. Delicious and beautiful!

  3. I was taught to make this back in school when I was 13. Having an omelette in makes this to the in the special category, just like how we order our Ramly bugers here, anything with egg is "special". LOL.

  4. What a lovely idea for a sandwich, looks delicious!

  5. I love sardine sandwiches and this really brings back school day memories when we would sometimes have this for a simple weekend lunch. And guess what I still make this when the craving sinks in.

  6. Hi Angie! I saw this post on foodgawker, and its name caught my attention since we're visiting KL next month. We're on the look-out for possible good eats to enjoy while we're there, and I was wondering if you have some recommendations for must-try dishes or streetfood or restaurants in KL..we're pretty open to new experiences, no picky eaters among us,lol! Thank you for any tips that you can share. :) Hugs,

  7. Perfect for breakfast...fully packed with nutrients and fully packed with flavors too. Great post!

  8. Nostalgic! I remember having this for breakfast all the time in primary school, when they sold it in school canteens for kids. These days, it's definitely something to think of when packing for picnics!

  9. Now that is a tasty looking sandwich!

  10. oh man! nostalgia-induced, punchy sandwich this one. i remember my ma making this for my primary school picnics. sharing it with my friends was the best thing ever!

  11. This is one of my favourites. Simple but healthy and delicious too. Will you also bowing us how to make other Malaysian favourites like Sardine Bread+Egg Rolls and Roti John?

    1. Thanks for the comment. Yes, I'll be sharing the Baked Sardine Buns & Roti John soon.


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