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Keep Canned Fish on Hand, Make These 12 Recipes

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In Spain, among other Mediterranean countries, tinned fish is just as prized as fresh. Salt cod, or bacalao, is a staple. And anchovies are not merely an unpopular pizza topping, but a briny ingredient found at home among the garlic and olive oil.

So forget what you thought you knew about canned fish, be it the sad tuna sandwich of your middle school years or the (equally sad) cheap dinner of your college days. Tuna packed in olive oil, imported anchovies, sardines, and salt cod are about to revolutionize your weeknight dinners. Here are 12 ways to get started:

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Pasta with Broccoli Rabe and White Bean-Anchovy Sauce
Pasta with Broccoli Rabe and White Bean-Anchovy Sauce
Zuni's Pasta with Preserved Tuna
Zuni's Pasta with Preserved Tuna
Anchovy Onion Butter
Anchovy Onion Butter
Lemony Sardine Pate
Lemony Sardine Pate
Broccoli Stems with Garlic and Anchovies
Broccoli Stems with Garlic and Anchovies
Brandade Croquettes
Brandade Croquettes
Polpette di Vitello, Tonnato Style
Polpette di Vitello, Tonnato Style
Warm Olives in Anchovy Oil
Warm Olives in Anchovy Oil
Bagna Cauda Toasts with Radicchio, Egg, and Avocado
Bagna Cauda Toasts with Radicchio, Egg, and Avocado
Brandade de Morue
Brandade de Morue
Green Goddess Dressing
Green Goddess Dressing
Noodles with Tuna and Peas ("Tuna Pea Wiggle")
Noodles with Tuna and Peas ("Tuna Pea Wiggle")
Artichokes Stuffed with Capers & Anchovies (Carciofi Ripieni alla Siciliana)
Artichokes Stuffed with Capers & Anchovies (Carciofi Ripieni alla Siciliana)

What are your favorite ways to use canned fish? Tell us in the comments!

Tags: canned fish, tinned fish, anchovies, sardines, tuna