BELA-Olhão sardines are big and meaty. They also offer up a buffet of flavors: plain in extra-virgin olive oil (available with bones or boneless), and three flavored siblings. All varieties are “smoked” with natural smoke flavor; all other ingredients (e.g. lemon flavor) are natural as well. Depending on their size, three or four whole (headless) sardines are packed into a tin.
Skinless & Boneless Sardines in Olive Oil
These have the same smokiness and melt-in-your-mouth tenderness of the regular Olive Oil flavor, but none of the bones or the pretty silver skin. Those wary of sardines with bones should find this variety an easy fish to swallow. However, the skin and bones of the other varieties have been smoked until they’re tender enough to consume without noticing that they have bones—honest!
Sardines In Cayenne Pepper-Flavored Extra Virgin Olive Oil
We expected something spicy, but this flavor is actually quite mild. The cayenne-flavored oil won’t do the trick for those who like it hot. While the sardine base is just as tasty here as in the other flavors, if you want your sardines spicy, you’re better off adding hot sauce yourself.
Sardines In Lemon-Flavored Extra Virgin Olive Oil
This is the mildest of the bunch, less smoky than the original Olive Oil flavor, and delicious, especially if you add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to perk up the lemon flavor. If you are not a fan of smoky flavor, this is the best showcase of the flavored sardines—you’ll find just a hint of lemon.
Sardines In Tomato Sauce
Whatever flavor you choose, BELA-Olhão smoked sardines will erase all those memories of boring canned fish. The authentic smokiness (even though it comes from liquid smoke) and tenderness of the sardines make them one of our favorite canned foods. Try them soon.
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