Sardine choka and fried bake is an ultimate breakfast for me on a weekend. It’s a simple dish that many enjoy just as a snack or lunch.

The ingredients are pretty much straightforward and can be used in any quantity you wish.

Here’s my version…


  • 1 tin sardine
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • hot pepper (optional)
  • 2 Chadon beni leaves (culantro), finely chopped
  • chive/green scallion
  • 1 clove garlic grated
  • black pepper
  • tomato, finely chopped
  • lime or lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


  1. Drain the liquid from the tin of sardine.
  2. Cut each sardine in half and remove the ‘spine’ and any dark ‘guts’ looking pieces and place in a bowl.
  3. Add all ingredients except the oil.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Heat oil in a pan.
  6. Once hot, add to the bowl with the sardines and other ingredients.
  7. Mix well.


Adding the hot oil to the sardine is what we refer to as ‘chunkaying’ and add great flavor  to the dish! If you wish to have a healthier version you can eliminate this step.

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