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Anchovies in the oven – Γαύρος στο φούρνο

No Comments » May 17th, 2009 | By | Category: Fish, Recipes
Anchovies at Irini's place in Syros

Anchovies at Irini

Unlike most Europeans or Americans the Greeks love small fish. According to the season you will find Anchovy (Γάυρος), Pilchard (Σαρδέλλα) but also Atherine (Αθερίνα) throughout Greece. Mostly they are being fried as a whole and eaten with the head and all the bones.
This time I have prepared Anchovies in the Oven. Eirini showed me how to prepare them, the last time I was in Syros. They are baked in the oven. So to speak the “light” version of preparing this fish.

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Baking time: 20-30 minutes
Very simple recipe

Ingredients :

  • 1/2 kilo of very fresh Anchovies, prepared by your fish dealer
  • some olive oil
  • juice of half a lemon
  • fresh Thyme or Oregano
  • Salt and fresh pepper


As mentioned before, let your fish dealer clean the fish. Not because it is difficult, but monotonous. In case you do want to clean the m yourself: Cur the head off, slice them open, remove all the intestines and wash the fish well.
Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees centigrade.
Put some oil in a bowl and season it with salt pepper and fresh thyme or oregano.
Put the fish into the bowl and mix them well until they are all covered with the marinade.

Now put them on a cooking grate that fits into your oven. (Usually there is one that fits on a pan while placed in the oven). Make sure that the fish lay all next to one another.
Broil for 20-30 minutes, depending on the oven and the fish, until they are all crisp.
Place on a plate, sprinkle some lemon juice over them and serve while they are hot.

The German version of “Sardellen im Ofen” you can find here.
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