Crispy Tuna and Sardine Cabbage Stir-Fry

Crispy Tuna and Sardine Cabbage Stir-Fry
Chef Brainy
What Started it all:
canned fish (tuna, sardines), Cabbage, cereal, frying pan

This dish is a quick and flavorful way to turn simple canned fish and cabbage into a delicious, crispy stir-fry. Perfect for a hearty meal for four, this recipe leverages the crunch of cereal for an unexpected twist. Let’s get cooking!


  • 2 cans of tuna (in water or oil, drained)
  • 2 cans of sardines (in oil, drained)
  • 1 medium cabbage, shredded
  • 2 cups of cereal (preferably cornflakes, crushed)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges (for serving)


  1. Drain the tuna and sardines, set aside.
  2. Shred the cabbage finely.
  3. Crush the cereal into small pieces.
  4. Heat a large frying pan over medium-high heat.
  5. Add the olive oil and let it heat up until shimmering.
  6. Add the minced garlic and chopped onion to the pan.
  7. Sauté until the onion is translucent and the garlic is fragrant, about 2-3 minutes.
  8. Toss in the shredded cabbage.
  9. Cook, stirring frequently, until the cabbage starts to wilt and soften, about 5 minutes.
  10. Add the drained tuna and sardines to the pan.
  11. Break them up gently with a spatula and mix well with the cabbage.
  12. Pour in the soy sauce and sprinkle with black pepper.
  13. Stir to combine, ensuring everything is evenly coated.
  14. Sprinkle the crushed cereal over the top of the mixture.
  15. Stir gently to incorporate, allowing the cereal to get slightly toasted and crispy.
  16. Taste the stir-fry and add salt if needed.
  17. Cook for another 2-3 minutes, ensuring everything is well combined and heated through.
  18. Dish up the stir-fry onto plates.
  19. Serve with lemon wedges on the side for a fresh, tangy finish.

There you have it, a quick and crispy stir-fry that transforms simple ingredients into a tasty meal. The crunch from the cereal adds a brilliant texture that pairs perfectly with the tender cabbage and flavorful fish. Enjoy!

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