Portuguese Cocagne sardine pâté

Portuguese Cocagne sardine pâté

I recently received a couple of beautiful Cocagne sardine tins and I’m so glad I finally get to share the recipe that I made with them. I must confess that I had never eaten sardines before so it was quite a challenge but I knew straight away that since Cocagne contains some delicious Portuguese sardines, that I had to make something that was influenced by the Portuguese kitchen. Not exactly an easy task since I had only been to Portugal once and didn’t get a chance to try any sardine foods while I was there. But luckily for me, my Portuguese friend Miguel came to the rescue! He was kind enough to share me his family’s recipe for sardine pâté so i’d very much like to thank the Amado family for sharing their knowledge with me! I absolutely loved the taste of this pâté and i’ll most definitely be making this quite a lot. 

Cocagne & Ramirez

Now what are Cocagne sardines? Well Cocagne is a brand that’s part of a Portuguese company called ‘Ramirez’, named after the family that founded the company more than 160 years ago. Cocagne has been on the market since 1960 and has been praised for 100 years in Europe and are leaders in Belgium. Awarded the gold medal by ‘Monde Selection’ for five consecutive years, Cocagne is a charismatic brand, synonymous to ‘Portuguese sardines and mackerel’. If you can’t find them in your supermarket in other countries than Belgium, please have a look for other Ramirez products as all of their products are top quality! Their Portugese brands are: Ramirez & Pescador, available only in Portugal. Their international brands include: Magalhães, Gabriel, Cocagne, Mistral, Kid, Derthona, Tomé, Teddy, Al Fares, Renommée, Kulla and The Queen Of The Coast. You can read all about this wonderful company and their brands on their website http://www.ramirez.pt/.

Makes: about 200g of pâté


  • 1 tin/125g of Cocagne in olive oil (or other Portuguese sardines in oil by the Ramirez family)
  • 1 hard boiled egg
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1 teaspoon of ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon of mustard
  • 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise


Drain olive oil from the tin and add the sardines, hard boiled egg and red onion to your kitchen chopper and chop chop chop! Add ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise and mix it al together just one more time. And that’s it!

You can add more mayonnaise if you like but keep in mind that it will make the pâté a bit more runny, which won’t be a problem for the taste but it will make it look different and maybe less appealing.


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