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Transport to the Adriatic with Little Fried Blue Anchovies

Sometimes you just might feel like some little fried blue anchovies. 

I love fried fish. They are a staple in my Mediterranean diet, even though I'm sure they aren't the healthiest meal. Many associate whole fried fish with the British but I know them from eating them on the Croatian coast. These were a staple of my European summers and I am missing them right now so I will recreate them in my kitchen. You can try at home, too!

Instead of using your anchovies as bait for bigger fish, try this recipe.

Little Fried Blue Anchovies with Garlic Aioli Sauce


  • 1 lb tiny whole blue anchovies
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 cup flour
  • 8 lemon wedges
  • 2 cups oil for frying

Mix flour, salt and spices. You can add any spices you feel would be good with these little fried fish. Heat up the oil for frying coat fish in the flour/spices mix. When oil is hot (test by hovering your hand or flicking water), fry the fish in batches.

Ingredients for sauce

  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon basil

Put the garlic and spices into a food processor and mix. Again, add whatever spices you like in an aioli sauce. Add the lemon juice and the eggs. Mix again. Add the olive oil to finish. If you have a mortar and pestle it will bring the flavoring in the herbs out more than with a food processor.

Serve the fish hot with some french fries or potatoes, the aioli sauce and some lemon wedges. Now imagine yourself on a beach in Croatia as the temperature falls outside your kitchen window.

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Transport to the Adriatic with Little Fried Blue Anchovies