Anchovies are a small fish of blue color and 6-8 inches in length. They have elongated body, moderately compressed on each side, greenish back with blue reflections, big eyes and jaws lined with tiny teeth.
Anchovies are predatory fish that inhabit areas remote from a sea shore. Being very voracious, they can even eat a bigger fish. Anchovies are found in the Mediterranean, the Baltic Sea, and in the Atlantic ocean.
Anchovies are widely used in cookery. Lots of delicious anchovy recipes have been invented. They can be fried, smoked, barrel-salted, used as a stuffing for olives and as a sauce for great Italian pasta. Anchovies are considered a healthy meal for children and seniors because this fish is rich in valuable protein and is as nutritious as meat.
Anchovy’s health benefits are linked to its polyunsaturated fatty acids content. It can help lower cholesterol level and reduce the risk of heart disease. Anchovies are also a good source of essential vitamins and minerals
Ingredients for Fried Anchovies
1 lb (500-600g) anchovies
½ cup olive oil
White flour as needed
Salt to taste
Recipe for Fried Anchovies
- Remove heads and back-bone, and then gut the fish.
- Rinse well in running water.
- In a bowl, mix eggs and salt whisking until smooth.
- Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat.
- Roll each fish in the flour first and then dip in beaten eggs.
- Place the fish in a tight row in the frying pan.
- Fry the anchovies about 2 minutes on each side.
- Keep it that way until the anchovies are out.
- Place thinly sliced cucumbers onto a big service plate, season with salt.
- Put cooked golden fishes on a layer of cucumbers and serve.
Note: 100gr of fish contains: carbohydrates 1-2gr; fats 3-4gr; protein 15gr; Omega-3 acid 20gr; potassium 280mg, phosphorus 200mg; calcium 150mg; iron 1-2mg; vitamins A, B1.