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Recipes/tips for cooking fresh anchovies

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Created February 27, 2010 at 11:26 AM

I'm interested in getting some ideas of what to do with fresh anchovies, as there's quite a few around at the moment.

I don't want to fry them (I avoid cooking with fat at high temperature). I'm looking for a recipe that gets them nicely cooked so I can eat them whole (bones and all) and as delicious as possible! My starting idea is to just grill them in the oven till they look ready, then douse in lemon juice and butter. Anything else I can do?

(they're quite small, by the way - about 5-6cm long and 1-2cm wide)

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2254 · February 28, 2010 at 7:09 AM

I got them at a local market where they sell a wide variety of fish (I live in Europe). I'd never tried them before but since I like cured anchovies but resent the saltiness, I thought it would be nice to try fresh. Turns out they have a very mild taste (for an oily fish). I ate them whole - although it now occurs to me that perhaps I should have gutted them...

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2254 · February 28, 2010 at 7:05 AM

Fair point, Acton. Which is why I was looking for alternatives. But oven grilling/baking was my best option so far because at least I'm not adding any extra fat during cooking, as opposed to frying. Plus, with an oven, it's easier to control the temperature. I ended up cooking them in a baking dish at about 150 degrees centigrade for about 15 minutes, then added some butter when they were done. They were delicious and I ate them whole - heads, guts and all.

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2041 · February 27, 2010 at 5:09 PM

How is grilling in the oven not "fat at high temperature"

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78422 · February 27, 2010 at 4:56 PM

I've never had access to fresh anchovies but I came across this recipe when I googled. It is an oven baked dish with a Greek origin.

http://greekfood.about.com/od/fishappetizersmezethes/r/gavros_fourno.htm

I might cut back on the sea salt- you could always add some later if it is needed.

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0 · October 18, 2011 at 6:36 PM

Hello again,if you open them flat with no bones pass for flower and egg and fry them in olive oil with a garlic clove in it they are delicious after put a little lemon juice for eating them ,also you can eat cold in a sandwich,i also have a recipe for stuffed anchovies but maybe is no what you looking for. Anchovies are a very delicate fish but the bone is quite hard to eat if you dont like to fry it i would not put it inthe oven and in Spain we eat them a lot but i never seen a recipe for oven anchovies.

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0 · October 18, 2011 at 6:29 PM

Hello!!i can tell you an Spanish recipe they serve in spanish bars as a tapa.First gut them and take the middle bone off, it is quite easy and split them in two fillets,put them in cold water as you go.When they are all clean put them in a tray skin side down in rows. Mix 2 glasses of a white vinegar sherry is best and une of water and 2 teaspoons of salt and marinate them in the fridge for 24 hours. Take out and wash in clod water and pat dry and now chop finely a garlic piece or two and a bunch of fresh parsley black pepper and if you fancy a cayenne chilli putt on top of the anchovies placed in a row skin down and cover well with a really good olive oil and you can eat it now and thy will keep in the fridge for a week or more ,i hope you like it!!!

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3268 · February 27, 2010 at 9:07 PM

Where do you get fresh anchovies?

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2254 · February 28, 2010 at 7:09 AM

I got them at a local market where they sell a wide variety of fish (I live in Europe). I'd never tried them before but since I like cured anchovies but resent the saltiness, I thought it would be nice to try fresh. Turns out they have a very mild taste (for an oily fish). I ate them whole - although it now occurs to me that perhaps I should have gutted them...

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