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Spanish Fried Anchovies Recipe (Boquerones Fritos Españoles)

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You can easily find many fresh anchovy recipes in Spanish cuisine, and Spanish fried anchovies or Boquerones Fritos españoles is simply one of them. This type of fish is a staple ingredient in most well-loved dishes in Spain. 

Spanish anchovies in vinegar or Boquerones en Vinagre can are served in almost every tapas bar in Spain. However, not everyone likes to eat this fish this way; some find its taste too intense.

Fried anchovies are arguably friendlier to the tastebuds. Eating Boquerones Fritos alongside cold Cerveza or tinto de verano during summertime has truly been a gastronomic tradition in Spain. 

Read also: Delicious Spanish Tapas Food Recipes

What are Boquerones

Anchovies (or Boquerones in Spanish) are a common type of saltwater fish that is small in size (about twelve to 20 centimeters long) and silver in color.

They come from the Engraulis family or Anchoa family, depending on the location. Over a hundred different species of anchovies can be found in the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans.

What is the taste of anchovies?

It depends, actually. While most of us would say, it’s salty, much of the saltiness we get from eating anchovies come from the salt that acts as a preservative, especially in the canned ones. Another taste that you get from eating anchovies is called umami; a term used to describe the flavor of glutamates.

These small fishes are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. They also contain selenium which may help reduce the risk of certain cancer types. A serving of anchovies can give you 31 micrograms of selenium which is more than half of the recommended daily amount for teens and adults.

Below is a step-by-step guide on how to cook Spanish Fried Anchovies:

1. Clean the fresh anchovies by running them in cold water. Make sure to do this procedure quickly because anchovies are the type of fish that deteriorates fast. Remove the scales by scraping them backward. Rinse before removing the head and the innards. Dry the clean anchovies well with a dry towel.

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2. Prepare the coating by placing flour onto a large dinner plate. Mix in approximately 2 teaspoons of salt. Then, roll the anchovies one by one in the flour, coating them on all sides.

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3. Heat extra virgin olive oil in a pan over medium heat. 

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4. Fry the fish in batches just until golden on both sides. Make sure not to overcrowd the pan. Depending on the size of the anchovies, it may only take one minute on each side to cook.

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5. Using a slotted spoon, remove the fried anchovies from the pan. Place them on top of paper towels to remove any excess oil.

6. Transfer the Spanish fried anchovies on a serving platter. Garnish with a sprinkle of salt. Serve your Boquerones Fritos with lemon wedges and slices of baguette.

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Boquerones Fritos Recipe

Yield: 4

Spanish Fried Anchovies (Boquerones Fritos Españoles)

how to cook fresh anchovies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound (500 grams) anchovies
  • 1 cup Flour
  • Sea Salt
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 baguette

Instructions

1. Clean the fresh anchovies by running them in cold water. Make sure to do this procedure quickly because anchovies are the type of fish that deteriorates fast. Remove the scales by scraping them backward. Rinse before removing the head and the innards. Dry the clean anchovies well with a dry towel.

2. Prepare the coating by placing flour onto a large dinner plate. Mix in approximately 2 teaspoons of salt. Then, roll the anchovies one by one in the flour, coating them on all sides.

3. Heat up extra virgin olive oil in a pan over medium heat. 

4. Fry the fish in batches just until golden on both sides. Make sure not to overcrowd the pan. Depending on the size of the anchovies, it may only take one minute on each side to cook.

5. Using a slotted spoon, remove the fried anchovies from the pan. Place them on top of paper towels to remove any excess oil.

6. Transfer the Spanish fried anchovies on a serving platter. Garnish with a sprinkle of salt. Serve your Boquerones Fritos with lemon wedges and slices of baguette.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 370Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 634mgCarbohydrates: 68gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 12g

The nutritional information provided is approximate and can vary depending on several factors, so is not guaranteed to be accurate.

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