Sardine guacamole with crispy pancetta chips

sardine guacamole

I have never been a fan of sardines, but I know how healthy they are and small fish are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. After seeing a photo post from Scott Gooding on Instagram of some sardines he had for lunch, I knew it was time to overcome my fear! With a bit of inspiration from one of my Instagram followers, I decided to start with something a little more palatable and made this paleo-friendly sardine guacamole dip. It was absolutely divine and I could hardly taste the fishiness of the sardines that I previously would have turned my nose up at.

I served this for breakfast with a friend, and I happened to have some pancetta in the fridge which I pan fried in butter until crispy. It complimented the sardines perfectly, but you could also serve with carrot sticks, on an omelette or as a topping to a meat dish.

It’s the perfect party starter if served as a dip, or great as a topping or side to your breakfast or lunch.

Sardine Guacamole Ingredients

can of sardines or 3 filleted fresh sardines
small avocado or half a large avocado
Juice of half a lemon
Handful of coriander
/ teaspoon paprika
Generous drizzle of olive oil
Sea salt and pepper to taste

Pancetta (six slices cut in halves or thirds)
/ tablespoon coconut oil or organic grass-fed butter


Simple blend together in a food processor or handheld stick blender until creamy – I like to leave it slightly chunky but you could also blend until smooth for more of a dip.

To make the pancetta chips, simply heat / a tablespoon of coconut oil or butter in a pan, add the pancetta and cook on medium heat until crispy on both sides. Set aside to cool and dry on a piece of paper towel.

sardine guacamole


Alison Sims

Passionate about real food and healthy living, Alison Sims is the founder and author of Paleo Foodies. She is on a mission to discover the best paleo dining in Australia and all around the world. What started as a part time blog in 2013 has lead to a full time career for Alison, who previously spent a decade in Advertising and Marketing. She is now a regular contributor to health and lifestyle publications, a public speaker in food and health, and co-publisher of Paleo Foodies Magazine.

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