With dayparts blurring, snacking continues to surge. Protein-rich snacks are particularly in demand, finds SRG, and their forecast includes the rise of sardines. The interest in Basque cuisine and Portugal as a culinary destination may be fueling the trend, but the silvery fish appeal in other ways. Sardines are convenient to menu right out of the can, they’re a good source of omega-3s and protein, and they offer the quality of umami.
Takeaway: Sardines adapt well to Spanish-style tapas and other global snack applications. For starters, try them as a topping for bruschetta or crostini, as a filling for mini fish tacos or as a substitute for tuna or salmon in sushi rolls.