Opened can of sardines in olive oil
The Absolute Best Canned Sardines Are Packed In Extra Virgin Olive Oil
The best canned sardines come in extra virgin olive oil, as the olive oil adds its own delicious flavor. Comparatively, sardines in water are diluted and watery-tasting.
Packing sardines in olive oil helps preserve the fish's natural oil without overpowering it. The buttery and peppery flavor of extra virgin olive oil also enhances the meaty fish.
Additionally, olive oil helps lock in moisture, keeping the sardines meaty and tender without being mushy. This solves the one major drawback of canned sardines being mushy.