Tinned fish boards are having a moment - they're a mix of several types of canned fish, crackers, cheese, condiments, and other small bites.
They're like a charcuterie board but with a mix of fish and seafood instead of meat.
You may have grown up like I did thinking of canned fish as a gelatinous, silver mass in a can that shouldn't be touched with a 10-foot-pole, but the canned seafood of today is truly special. I'll show you some high-quality brands to look for and give you some ideas of flavor pairings you might enjoy!
Tinned fish has taken off over on TikTok, primarily thanks to one fantastic creator who I highly recommend following - Ali Hooke.
Conservas, or food preserved in cans or jars, have long been popular in Spain and Portugal. Seafood conservas are delicacies that can include anchovies, mussels, octopus, tuna, mackerel, and more.
Throw this board together as a dinner for two or three or as an appetizer board for a larger group.
Tinned fish is a more sustainable way to enjoy fish and seafood and you can access so many more kinds of fish.
Here's what you'll need to make a canned fish appetizer board.
- 3 different types of tin fish or seafood
- Fruit (grapes, oranges)
- Potato Chips
- Condiments (honey, jam, mustard)
See the recipe card for quantities.
Open the cans of fish or seafood. Drain them if necessary.
Place the cans on a large board or plate. Surround them with slices of cheese, crackers, chips, fruit, and condiments of your choice.
Types of Canned Fish & Seafood
- Mackerel - a slightly sweet and salty fish that's protein-rich.
- Sardines - small, flavorful fish popular in Scandinavian and Mediterranean countries. Often served with tomato.
- Salmon - a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. Look for Alaskan or Pacific salmon.
- Rainbow Trout - a similar taste to salmon that's slightly nutty and sweet.
- Anchovies - commonly caught in the Mediterranean, these briny little fish pack a real flavor punch.
- Mussels - these little bites have a mild ocean flavor with undertones of mushrooms.
- Octopus - a tender white meat that's both salty and sweet.
- Albacore Tuna - a buttery fish that's easy to eat and liked by many.
- Oysters - rich in protein, with a slightly fishy taste.
- Herring - these little fish have a slightly sweet, oniony, and sour profile.
More Seafood Recipes
- Watermelon Radish Appetizer Bites - topped with canned tuna, these appetizer bites are so easy to make!
- Grilled Shrimp & Avocado Bites - a tasty and crunchy appetizer bite
- Endive Salad Bites with Grilled Feta - soft feta combined with endives, nuts, and honey.
Substitutions & Variations
Want to make some changes to this recipe?
- Cheese - try including one soft cheese and one harder cheese on this board, try options like cream cheese, brie, ricotta, gruyere, or Emmental.
- Fruit - you don't need to include any fruit, but you can use any type of berry, dates, or figs.
- Crackers - use any type of cracker you'd like, seedy crackers are great, or you can use pita chips.
Opened cans of fish and seafood will keep for up to 1 to 2 days in the refrigerator.
However, this board is best served fresh and immediately after you pull it together.
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- 3 cans of tinned fish or seafood*
- 2 ounces cheddar cheese
- 2 ounces Boursin cheese
- 2 ounces crackers
- ½ cup grapes
- 1 clementine
- ¼ cup olives
- 2 ounces potato chips
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 2 teaspoons jam
- 2 teaspoons mustard
- Open the cans of fish or seafood. Drain them if necessary.
- Place the cans on a large board or plate. Surround them with slices of cheese, crackers, chips, fruit, and condiments.
- Serve immediately.