Recipes from The Magic of Tinned Fish

TINNED FISH IS ONE OF THE WORLD’S GREAT INGREDIENTS: brilliantly versatile, harvested and preserved at the peak of its quality and flavor, more economical than fresh seafood will ever be, as healthy and nutrient-packed as food gets. Focusing on sustainable and easy-to-find anchovies, sardines, mackerel, shellfish, and more, here are 75 recipes that will change the way we think about and cook with tinned fish. Whether it’s creating an addictively delicious Spaghetti con le Sarde, transforming a pork roast with a mackerel-based “tonnato” sauce, elevating mac and cheese with crab, or digging into the simplest and best snack ever—anchovies, bread, and butter—cooking with tinned fish is pure magic.

A white bowl full of buctini pasta, covered with grated cheese and parsley.

Pasta with Anchovies and Onions

If you know Chris McDade, you know he loves the salty umami bombs known as anchovies. Let this effortless pasta show you why we’re obsessed, too.

A sliced rib eye on an oval platter with anchovy butter drizzled over the top and a fork resting on the side.

Rib Eye with Anchovy Butter

Summer is for steaks—big beefy steaks. Grill one to perfection then top with a lemony and salty pat of life-changing magic. Seriously. You’re going to slather it on everything.