Tinned Fish Boards Are the Newest Trend—Here’s How to Make One

Products like canned sardines, anchovies and mussels packed in oil are becoming so popular they've gone mainstream.

Tinned fish is having a moment. Once upon a time, products like canned anchovies were an unsexy culinary afterthought—but not anymore.

The selection of fish in tins available in the United States is growing, whether it’s imported from places like Spain and Portugal or from new U.S. brands such as Fishwife. Beyond anchovies and sardines, you now also find tinned trout, mackerel, albacore, mussels, razor clams, scallops and more packed in oil.

The tinned fish trend may seem a little out there at first, but you might want to consider giving it a try. Tinned fish is often very healthy and high in iron and protein. The highest quality, oil-packed tins are usually made from fish that was literally caught that day. You can think of it as a time capsule of the freshest fish available!

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On TikTok, San Francisco chef Ali Hooke has taken the tinned fish trend a step further with her weekly Tinned Fish Date Night videos. Every week, Hooke displays a gorgeous board of different tinned fish paired with bread, cheeses, fruits and sauces. It’s a wonderful idea not just for casual date nights at home, but also for entertaining with a larger group.

@alihooke Friday Night #datenight this time ft. pairings #chefsoftiktok #datenightideas #easydinnerrecipes #tinnedfish #sardines #tinnedfish ♬ original sound – Ali

How to Make a Tinned Fish Board

Just like charcuterie boards, butter boards or burrata boards, there are really no hard and fast rules for tinned fish boards.

For her date night tinned fish boards, Hooke usually fills her board with the following:

  • Two or three tins of fish
  • Bread or crackers
  • Pickled vegetables
  • Sweet jam
  • Hot sauce
  • Fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Cheese

Once it’s all laid out on the board, it’s time to experiment. Mix and match and layer different combinations on the bread or crackers and see what works for you.

Hooke has developed a loyal following of tinned fish enthusiasts, many of whom had never eaten the stuff before. It might seem like something you never thought you’d try, but as with other food trends, keep an open mind—this might be your next entertaining go-to!

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