This Trend May Be an Ideal Fit for Your Summer Menu


Open tin of sardines in olive oil with capers and thyme on dark rustic wooden background

In the past year, tinned fish boards have shown up on menus around the world. From trendy eateries to upscale seafood restaurants, these versatile and flavorful offerings have captured the attention of food enthusiasts and seafood lovers alike. In this article, we delve into the rising popularity of tinned fish boards and explore how foodservice operators can leverage this trend in their menuing strategies to elevate their dining experience and attract trend-chasing diners.

The Rise of Tinned Fish Boards


Once seen as a humble pantry staple, tinned fish has undergone a remarkable transformation. Spurred on by the snacking enthusiasts of younger generations, tinned fish has become a go-to choice for discerning foodies seeking unique and sustainable dining experiences. From sardines and anchovies to mackerel and tuna, the variety of fish available in tins offers a wide range of textures and tastes that can be beautifully showcased on a board.


How to Elevate This Snack Food


Whether on-trend or not, there’s a right way and a wrong way to create a tinned fish board. If you’re looking to deploy this special correctly, you’ll want to make product and presentation choices that hit the right notes.


Curate a Diverse Selection: Create an enticing board by featuring an assortment of tinned fish varieties, each with a distinct flavor profile. Consider including both classic favorites

and lesser-known options to offer a well-rounded experience.


Elevate with Accompaniments: Complement the tinned fish with a selection of carefully chosen accompaniments. This can include crusty bread or crackers, artisanal cheeses, marinated vegetables, olives, tangy pickles, and flavorful spreads. The combination of flavors and textures will elevate the overall dining experience.


Embrace Global Influences: Take inspiration from different culinary traditions to add a touch of international flair to your tinned fish boards. Incorporate ingredients and flavors

from Mediterranean, Asian, or Latin American cuisines, allowing your customers to embark on a gastronomic journey through diverse flavors.


Above all, you’ll want to find a way to make this dish unique to your restaurant. Once you’ve found your special twist, your tinned fish board is sure to make a splash.

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Is It Time for a Change?

Picking up on dining trends can draw attention to your restaurant and bring new diners in the door. That’s why mixing things up can make a big impact on your business. Plan your next menu update today.

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