Alton Brown's Sardine-Avocado Sandwiches Recipe

An open-face sardine avocado sandwich

Serious Eats

Or the "sardicado" sandwich.

Recipe Facts

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 15 mins
Serves: 4 open-faced sandwiches

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  • 2 (3.75-ounce) tins sardines in olive oil (mine were in tomato sauce; that works too)

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley

  • 1 tablespoon vinegar (he suggests sherry vinegar; I used apple cider vinegar)

  • Zest from one lemon, and the leftover (naked) lemon cut into 4 wedges

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 4 slices good bread (I used wheat, he did sourdough)

  • 1 ripe avocado

  • Sea salt


  1. Drain the oil from 1 tin of sardines into a small bowl and set aside.

  2. Drain the oil from the second tin into another small bowl and mix it with 1 tablespoon of parsley, vinegar, lemon zest, and black pepper. Add the sardines and stir. Let sit for a bit so the flavors marry.

  3. Toast your bread in a normal toaster or, if you want to be all Alton-style fancy, heat the oven to the broiler setting on high and place oiled-swiped bread (using the remaining sardine oil) on the rack. Only keep them in there for 2 to 3 minutes, otherwise they will go from golden brown and crisp to charred and sad.

  4. Halve the avocado and remove the pit. Smoosh the flesh in each half with a fork. Spread this green goodness evenly onto the toasted bread, then top with a nice scoop of the sardine mixture.

  5. Pour any remaining sardine oil dressing on top and garnish with the remaining parsley. Season with sea salt and a nice big squeeze from the lemon wedges.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
392 Calories
16g Fat
46g Carbs
20g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 392
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 65mg 22%
Sodium 602mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 39mg 197%
Calcium 232mg 18%
Iron 5mg 25%
Potassium 583mg 12%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)