Italian fried anchovies

Italian fried anchovies

Fried sardines are a super appetising and easy to prepare recipe, suitable for aperitifs or finger food occasions. Our family cook, who always delights us with new delicacies, prepared them for my father’s birthday and I was fascinated. With their crunchiness and their taste of the sea, but not too strong, they are really good.

The only thing that wasn’t so nice about making them was having to clean the fish, but well, the result definitely paid off. Crispy and tasty, these fried/baked sardines are accompanied by a squeeze of lemon juice and a salad with Tropea onions and are even better!

Italian fried anchovies

Anchovies, a great “poor” fish

Anchovies are considered “poor fish” but, like all oily fish, they have countless beneficial properties. Just think of the large quantity of vitamin D, which is important for bone health, the cardiovascular system and the immune system. This is why it is essential to eat a diet rich in vitamin D during the long, cold summer months, while during the summer it can be acquired directly from the sun.

In addition, sardines are also rich in Omega 3, essential fats for the body that can only be taken in through food. They are mainly used to combat possible inflammation in the body and also to combat high triglycerides, rheumatoid arthritis, depression, Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia!

Italian fried anchovies

Italian fried anchovies

Fried sardines are a super appetising and easy to prepare recipe, suitable for aperitifs or finger food occasions.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes


  • Anchovies
  • Eggs
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Salt
  • Oil for frying (if frying)
  • Olive oil (if baking)


  • To prepare these delicious appetizers you must first clean the sardines: so wash them and gently remove first the head, then the "fin" on the back and finally the internal bone. To remove the inner bone without splitting the sardine into two fillets, and opening the sardine like a book, cut the belly of the fish with your finger, starting with the head. Holding the tail tightly, which will ensure that the sardine stays together, proceed gently up to 1 cm from the tail.
  • Once the sardines are ready, dip them first in beaten egg and then in breadcrumbs.
  • At this point you can choose which type of cooking you want to use: more delicious if fried, or lighter and healthier if baked. If you choose to fry them, heat plenty of oil in a small pan and, when hot, fry the sardines in it. When they are golden, place them on a sheet of absorbent paper and salt.
  • If you choose to bake them in the oven, preheat the oven to 180°C (356°F). Place the anchovy fillets on a baking tray covered with baking paper, drizzle with a little oil and add a pinch of salt. Cook in the oven for 5-10 minutes, or until the sardines are golden brown.
  • Finally, enjoy them hot with a squeeze of lemon juice and enjoy!



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