Portuguese Tomato & Sardine Pâté

This delicious pâté reminds me of sunny holidays in Portugal where they often serve sardine pâté as a starter in restaurants. And the good news is that it doesn’t taste too fishy, as the sundried tomatoes balance out the strong sardine flavour. This is a perfect recipe for getting healthy brainy omega-3 fats into fussy eaters!

It makes a  yummy and nutritious filling for lunchbox wraps and sandwiches. You can also serve this nourishing pâté slathered on toast at breakfast time or as a dip with crunchy vegetable batons or crackers for a snack. Stuffing sticks of celery with this pâté is another serving idea.

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Portuguese Tomato & Sardine Pâté

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Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Lunch Boxes & Picnics, Sauces, Dressings & Dips
Servings 2 people
Suitable for Special Diet (or adaptable) Dairy-free, Egg-free, Gluten-free



  • Drain the sardines and sun-dried tomatoes from the oil they are preserved in, then pop them into a small blender with the cream cheese and the lemon juice.
  • Blend until smooth. Taste and season with salt and pepper if needed.
  • It is then ready to serve!


  • Dairy-free: switch the cream cheese to an almond or cashew plant-based cream cheese.
  • If you like a bit more of a lemony zing, then use some lemon zest in the mixture.
  • Store any leftovers covered in the fridge and use within 3 days.
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