Tinned Fish Charcuterie Board (“Seacuterie”)
Transport yourself to Southern Europe by making a tinned fish charcuterie board, also known as a “seacuterie!” It’s an affordable, delicious, and nutritious way to eat canned seafood. Perfect for date night in or as a dinner party appetizer!
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Tinned fish is having its moment right now, and for good reason. With the rising cost of groceries, tinned seafood can be an affordable, convenient, and sustainable way to feed ourselves and care for our planet at the same time.
While many of us (in North America at least) are perhaps more familiar with canned tuna and salmon, there are SO many flavourful and incredibly nutritious species of tinned seafood to choose from – like anchovies, sardines, and herring.
As a dietitian, I absolutely LOVE including a variety of tinned fish in my diet. They’re incredible sources of omega-3s, protein, and micronutrients.
Today I’ve partnered with my friends at the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) to bring you my take on the trending “tinned fish date night” and “seacuterie” boards that are all over TikTok!
The MSC is a global, science-based nonprofit dedicated to ending overfishing worldwide. Their easy-to-identify MSC bluefish label can be found on a number of tinned fish products, which I’ll share more about below.
What is a seacuterie board?
A seacuterie board is just like a charcuterie board, except that it uses seafood instead of meat.
Many seactuerie boards use canned seafood, which can be more affordable than expensive meats. Tinned seafood is also such a nutritious, convenient, and more sustainable option – simply look for the MSC blue fish label to ensure that the seafood you’re purchasing is certified sustainable!
These tinned fish seacuterie boards take me back to a time where I enjoyed the most simple, yet delicious meal of tinned anchovies over crusty bread in Spain. I hope that these boards can transport you to Southern Europe, too 🙂
Canned fish is a sustainable choice
Purchasing canned seafood presents the perfect opportunity to make a more sustainable choice at the grocery store.
Many species of canned fish (like sardines and anchovies) are lower on the food chain, and are therefore more plentiful in our oceans.
Because it has a long shelf life, canned fish is also less likely to generate food waste and can be stored and transported without refrigeration (thus reducing energy costs).
Best canned fish to use
When choosing the best canned fish to use for your seacuterie board, I recommend looking for the MSC blue fish label to know that you’re making a sustainable choice.
Whenever you choose seafood that has the MSC blue fish label, you’ll know that your purchase is supporting fisheries, retailers, and brands committed to making sustainable fishing the standard in the commercial fishing industry!
The following brands all carry different varieties of MSC certified sustainable tinned fish – you can find them at many grocery stores across the US and Canada:
- Bar Harbor (their cracked pepper wild herring fillets are my new favourite!!)
- Gold Seal
- Raincoast Trading
- Ocean’s Seafood
- Clover Leaf
- Fish Wife
- President’s Choice
- Great Value (available at Walmart)
- Bumble Bee
- Chicken of the Sea
- Simple Truth (available at Kroger)
- Good & Gather (available at Target)
Do note that the availability of each brand may vary depending on your location!
To know you’re making a sustainable choice, simply look for the MSC blue fish label on the packaging of tinned fish. It’s so easy to identify!
Open 2-4 cans of tinned fish varieties to add to your seacuterie board! Feel free to place the cans on the board directly, or transfer the fish to small bowls.
How to make a tinned fish seacuterie board
Just like a traditional charcuterie board, there are SO many ways you can put together a seafood version. Here are some items I recommend including:
- A selection of 2-4 different varieties of tinned fish, preferably ones that are MSC certified sustainable. You can choose from canned tuna or salmon, or try different varieties like mackerel, sardines, herring, and anchovies. Canned mussels or oysters are also available. Try to purchase ones packed in oil, as this will offer more flavour and be better for dipping.
- Crackers, potato chips, or pita chips
- Crusty bread – like sliced baguette
- Raw vegetables – like cucumber or radish rounds, celery sticks, cherry tomatoes, or carrots
- Fresh fruits – like grapes, berries, or figs
- Cheese – one or two varieties are great, such as one hard cheese and one softer one
- Freshly chopped herbs – fresh dill, green onion, and fresh basil go particularly well with tinned seafood
- Acids – like lemon wedges or some vinaigrettes for dipping + drizzling
- Extra nibbles + toppings – olives, cornichons, capers, pickled onions, roasted nuts, etc.
You can arrange all these items on a large board or platter and serve as is! Or, feel free to get a little more creative by making the canned salmon dip and/or the tomato-sardine bruschetta bites that I share in the recipe card below 🙂
Here I’ve served canned tuna with pesto alongside endive leaves, fresh dill, green onion, and capers for serving.
Here I’ve served canned sardines with toasted baguette and a tomato-basil mixture, for a canned sardine bruschetta-inspired appetizer!
Tinned fish nutrition benefits
While the exact nutrition profiles will vary between the species of fish you choose, canned seafood is generally a great source of:
- omega-3 fatty acids, which are incredibly important for both brain and heart health
- complete, quality protein, which is essential for building lean muscles
- micronutrients, like selenium and iodine, which are important for your immune health and thyroid function
- micronutrients, like calcium and vitamin D, which are important for your bone health
More healthy tinned fish recipes:
- Mediterranean Canned Mackerel Pasta
- Canned Salmon Pasta With Spinach
- Canned Tuna Tomato Pasta Bake
- Canned Tuna Frittata With Broccoli
- Canned Salmon Quinoa Burgers
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Get the Recipe: Tinned Fish Charcuterie Board (“Seacuterie”)
Basic "seacuterie" board: select items and amounts as desired!
- 2-4 cans of MSC certified sustainable tinned fish (choose a variety of species, like tuna, salmon, sardines, anchovies, herring, and more!)
- Crackers, potato chips, pita chips, and/or crusty bread
- Raw vegetables, like cucumber or radish rounds, celery sticks, cherry tomatoes, carrots, or endive leaves
- Fresh fruits, like grapes, berries, or figs
- Sliced hard cheese and/or a soft cheese
- Freshly chopped herbs, like dill, green onion, and/or basil
- Acids, like sliced lemon wedges and/or vinaigrettes for dipping
- Extra nibbles, like olives, cornichons, capers, pickled onions, or roasted nuts
Canned salmon dip:
- 1 can MSC certified sustainable salmon
- 1/2 cup cream cheese
- 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1/4 cup green onion, diced
- 1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- Salt + pepper, to taste
Tomato sardine bruschetta bites:
- 4 roma tomatoes, diced
- 2 large cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1 can MSC certified sustainable sardines
- Salt + pepper, to taste
- Baguette slices, for serving
- Open the cans of seafood and place them on a large board or serving platter.
- Surround the canned seafood with the other ingredients, as desired.
- Serve and enjoy immediately! Be sure to include small forks to get the tinned seafood out of the cans and onto your bread, crackers, cheese, and veggies. Top with fresh herbs, vinaigrettes, lemon juice, etc. to add extra flavour.
- For the canned salmon dip: Drain canned salmon and add it to a small bowl. Mash with a fork, then add the other dip ingredients. Stir and mash together until well combined. Season with salt and pepper, adjusting to taste. Serve with crackers, chips, bread, and raw veggies.
- For the tomato sardine bruschetta bites: Combine the diced tomatoes, minced garlic, olive oil, red wine vinegar, and chopped basil in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with a can of sardines and toasted baguette. To eat, spoon tomato mixture on baguette and top with sardines.
- This “recipe” is completely adaptable to your needs and desires. Select ingredients and amounts depending on how many people you’re serving and what you enjoy eating.
- The canned salmon dip and sardine bruschetta bites are totally optional and simply examples of other ways to jazz up your seacuterie board.
- Raw veggies can be chopped up and stored in the fridge prior to serving.
- Any fruits can also be washed, prepared, and stored in the fridge.
- If making the salmon dip and/or bruschetta bites, you can make both mixtures in advance. Store them in separate containers in the fridge.
- Open the tinned seafood immediately before serving
- Likewise, you’ll want to plate the bread and crackers immediately before serving so that they don’t get stale!
- If you have leftovers from your seacuterie board, be sure to pack everything up. They make a great snack or lunch for the next day!
- Transfer any leftover seafood to airtight glass containers or tupperware and store them in the fridge. Do NOT store in the opened cans.
- Any leftover veggies, fruits, cheeses, dips, etc. can also be stored in airtight containers in the fridge.
- Leftover crackers and/or chips can be stored in ziploc bags at room temperature.
As a dietitian, I create recipes with whole food ingredients that provide the nutrients needed for optimal health. My nutrition philosophy does not focus on numbers; however, I understand that this information can be helpful.
Do note that the nutrition info provided is an estimate and I cannot guarantee correctness of the displayed values. These numbers will differ depending on brands used, recipe modifications, and amount eaten. If you require specific nutrition information due to medical reasons, please consult with your dietitian or physician.