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Tinned Fish Are Trending. Here’s Why We’re Excited About It

Tinned fish can provide health-promoting omega-3s and can serve as the centrepiece of a delicious appetizer board. Here's how to make yours.

So, tinned fish are trending. Not the sexiest trend, but we are totally behind it since we are big fans of “S.M.A.S.H.” fish; that is, salmon, mackerel, anchovies, sardines, and herring, because they contain lower levels of mercury compared to other types of fish and are full of the health-promoting fatty acid omega-3 that AGEIST contributor Corinna Bellizzi has written about. Omega-3 fatty acids are part of every cell in our body and they are crucial for brain and mental health, increasing health span, supporting eye health, and improving heart health. Bring on the S.M.A.S.H. fish! 

Tinned fish can be a pretty divisive topic. Some people love the salty, fishy flavor; some people hate it. Here is our guide to crafting the ultimate tinned-fish board that might soon replace your beloved charcuterie-and-cheese board for a date night or dinner party appetizer. We include some options for people who might be less inclined to like tinned fish so you can dip your toes in the (fishy) water

When sourcing tinned fish, look for a company that has wild caught and responsibly sourced fish in a BPA-free tin or is compliant with the US and European BPA regulations. You’ll also want to look at the ingredients. We like options that are pretty simple: no added sugars, starches, or chemicals. 

To create a well-rounded board, be it charcuterie, cheese, or tinned fish, it’s a good idea to include a couple of different categories:

  • The stars of the show (a few cheeses, a few types of meat, or, in this case, a few tinned fish)
  • Vessels to eat the star (baguette, crackers, toast)
  • Raw veg or fruit (which can be used as a palate cleanser in between bites, plus raw produce will add a freshness to an otherwise very flavorful, rich board. Plus, fiber.)
  • Condiments (jams, sauces, spreads)
  • Miscellaneous (nuts, cheese, olives)

Having multiple categories of foods to munch on also helps ensure that if you are being extra adventurous with your tinned fish, you can fill up on some of the other options.

Our perfect tinned-fish board

The fish —

The vessels —

  • A good quality French-style baguette. Cut into slices — half untoasted, to maintain the soft, melt-in-your-mouth texture; and half toasted, with EVOO and garlic.
  • Water crackers, which are typically not too salty. Let the fish add the salt!

Raw veg & fruit —

  • Sliced cucumber
  • Green grapes 

Condiments —

  • Hot sauce of choice
  • Tart cherry jam
  • Lemon wedges

Miscellaneous —

  • Pepperoncinis 
  • Olives
  • Pickles
  • Toasted walnuts 
  • 1 cheese of choice

1 COMMENT

  1. If you’re interested in canned tuna that doesn’t look and smell like cat food, do check out Natural Catch brand tuna. Only available online, you’ll never eat supermarket tuna again. I’ve re-ordered several times. It’s delicious, either in olive oil or water. Great prices too.

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Taylor Marks
Taylor Marks is a certified holistic health coach and professionally trained chef from The Institute of Culinary Education. Her passions include the latest research in health science, culinary arts, holistic wellness, and guiding others towards feeling their best.

 

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