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Lumpiang Sardinas

Lumpiang Sardinas or lumpia sardine is a Filipino fried spring roll filled with a mixture of canned sardines, carrot, onion, garlic, spring onion, malungay leaves, all purpose flour, egg seasoned with pepper and salt. It can also be described as sardine roll since the sardines are turned into a nice smooth filling, wrapped in lumpia wrapper and fried. It is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. It is best enjoyed with a dipping sauce made from the original sauce of the sardines. It can be eaten as a snack or in a meal with rice.


The first time I did lumpiang sardinas was we had a lot of stocked canned sardines which were needed to be consumed before it expires. We usually eat sautéed canned sardines with rice. But since we have a lot of sardines supply, I needed to make something out of the sardines which will make people eat a lot of it.

Filipinos are known to have a special love for different types of lumpia. A lumpia is handy, easy-to-eat and really delicious. This gave me the idea of making lumpiang sardinas. With the sardines stock, I made a lot of lumpiang sardinas. My family and I enjoyed it and it’s definitely worth a try.


Canned sardines is one of the readily available canned fish in the market which is low-cost and tasty. The goal of this recipe is to utilize canned sardines and transform it in a more appealing and fancier dish. The two important parts in making your lumpiang sardinas is the lumpia and the dipping sauce. First, choose your sardines. There are a lot of choices in the market. For this recipe, it is advisable to use canned sardines in tomato sauce since the tomato sauce will also be used. Choose a non-spicy sardine or a spicy one based on what you like.

Open your cans of sardines. Separate the sardines and the tomato sauce and place in separate bowls. You will use the sardines as the lumpia filling and the tomato sauce as the base for the dipping sauce. Get a large mixing bowl and transfer the drained sardines. Break or mash the sardines into small pieces. You can use a fork in this process since the sardines are soft and tender.

When done, you may add your prepared chopped vegetables. In this recipe, I used different vegetables with different colors and texture to create a more appetizing look for the filling. You could also add other vegetable of your preference. Make sure to finely chop it into small pieces. Add the all-purpose flour and the egg. Mix the sardine well and season with salt and pepper. Be wary on adding salt since the sardines are already salty.

When the filling is ready, grab a lumpia wrapper and lay it on a flat, clean surface. Place some sardine filling on the lumpia wrapper. You may add some filling enhancements like a strip of cheese if you like. Start to roll and wrap. The sardine filling is soft so be careful on rolling the lumpia. A tip is to place filling on the near edge of the lumpia wrapper close to you. Do a first roll and then close the sides by wrapping them inward and then continue rolling. In this technique, you can roll the lumpia wrapper with the sardine filling clean.   

To seal the lumpia wrapper, brush some water or egg white before you fully close the lumpia. The water or the egg white will make the lumpia wrapper stick on itself, fully sealing the lumpia sardine. Heat some oil in a pan under medium heat. Shallow-fry the lumpia sardine in batches. Roll the lumpia pieces in oil to ensure that all sides are cooked. The lumpia sardine is fully cooked once golden brown. Transfer the cooked lumpia pieces in a strainer or on a tissue paper to drain the excess oil.

Time to prepare the dipping sauce. Strain the reserved tomato sauce to remove bits of scales and small fish bits. Heat the tomato sauce in a pan. Add some water and calamansi juice. Stir the sauce to blend. Let it boil and reduce some liquid. Season with salt and pepper. Stir continuously to prevent the bottom from burning. Prepare the cornstarch slurry by mixing 1 tablespoon of cornstarch to 3 tablespoons of water. Dissolve the cornstarch. The slurry will thicken the sauce as it cooks. Gradually add the cornstarch slurry into the sauce until you reach the desired consistency. Remove from the heat and transfer the sauce into a serving bowl. Serve the lumpia sardine with the dipping sauce.

Lumpiang Sardinas

Course: Filipino Recipes




  • For the lumpiang sardinas
  • 2 cans of sardines in tomato sauce

  • 1 piece carrot, finely chopped

  • 1 medium-sized onion, finely chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 2 tablespoons onion leeks, finely chopped (or parsley/spring onions)

  • malunggay leaves (optional)

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour (or breadcrumbs)

  • 1 large egg

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • small lumpia wrappers

  • water for lumpia sealing

  • For the dipping sauce
  • tomato sauce (from the sardines)

  • 1/3 cup water

  • 1 tablespoon calamansi juice

  • cornstarch slurry


  • For the sardine filling
  • Open the cans of sardines and separate the sardines from the tomato sauce. Place in separate bowls.
  • In a large mixing bowl, transfer the sardines and cut into small pieces. Add the carrots, onions, garlic, onion leeks, all-purpose flour and egg. Mix the ingredients well. Season with salt and pepper. Mix well.
  • Lay a piece of lumpia wrapper in a clean flat space. Put a tablespoon of the sardine filling.
  • Roll the lumpia. Make sure that the sides are closed. Seal the ends of the lumpia wrapper with water or egg white. Repeat this process until the sardine filling is fully consumed.
  • Heat some oil in a pan under medium heat for deep-frying. Fry the lumpiang sardinas in batches until the wrapper is golden brown. Roll the lumpia pieces into the pan to ensure that all sides are cooked. Transfer the cooked lumpiang sardinas in a strainer or on a tissue paper to drain the excess oil.
  • For the dipping sauce
  • Strain the tomato sauce to remove scales and fish bits.
  • Heat the tomato sauce in a pan. Add the water and calamansi juice. Stir until blended. Cook and allow to boil. Stir continuously while boiling to prevent the bottom from sticking into the pan. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Add some cornstarch slurry to thicken the sauce. Stir continuously until the sauce thickens.
  • Serve the lumpiang sardinas with the dipping sauce. Enjoy eating!

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