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Spanish-style Sardines Bangus in Oil on a serving platter
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5 from 11 votes

Spanish-style Sardines Bangus in Olive Oil

Homemade Spicy Sardines Bangus in Olive Oil is easy to make in the pressure cooker and a delicious way to enjoy your favorite fish. Super tender and delicious and great for gift-giving, too!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 10 mins
Soak30 mins
Total Time2 hrs
Course: Main Entree
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 365kcal


  • Pressure cooker


  • water
  • rock salt
  • 2 large bangus, cleaned, gutted, and cut into serving portions but leaving scales intact
  • 1/4 cup bay leaves
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and cut into florets
  • 1 head garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1/4 cup green olives, pitted
  • 1/4 cup sweet gherkins pickles, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon peppercorns
  • 4 Thai chili peppers
  • 2 cups olive oil


  • In a large bowl, combine 6 cups cold water and 3/4 cup rock salt. Stir until salt is dissolved.
  • Add bangus and soak for about 30 minutes. Drain well, discarding liquid.
  • In a pressure cooker, layer bay leaves, carrots, and garlic to cover the bottom of the cooker.
  • Arrange fish in a single layer over the vegetable and spices.
  • Evenly distribute green olives, sliced sweet pickles, peppercorns, and chili peppers.
  • Season with 1 tablespoon rock salt.
  • Add olive oil over the fish.
  • Add enough water to fully cover the fish at about 1 inch.
  • Close and lock the lid of the pressure cooker. Cook over medium heat until the valve begins to whistle.
  • Lower heat and continue to cook for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat and release the pressure by lifting the valve with tongs.
  • When the pressure fully dissipates, carefully open the pressure cooker lid and allow the sardines to cool.
  • Transfer into airtight containers or sterilized jars if using.



Calories: 365kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 206mg | Potassium: 595mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2412IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 123mg | Iron: 5mg