• a riff on Mark Bittman's recipe

Spicy marinated fresh anchovies

Process and marinate your fresh anchovies at least 3 hours and up to a night before your small fish party. Essentially a ceviche-style preparation, this makes a killer appetizer with tortilla chips or crackers. Keeps for 2 days.


  • 1 lb fresh anchoives

  • 1 TBSP olive oil

  • juice from 2 lemons

  • 1 TBSP minced garlic

  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro

  • 1 fresh jalapeño, seeded and sliced, or several sliced pickled jalapeños

  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Prep your anchovies: scale them with a spoon under running water, then cut or snap the heads off and pull out the innards. Slice open from vent to neck, then gently press the spine and lift it out. Remove the fins and tails, rinse, and place in a bowl.

  2. Mix the ingredients above and marinate your anchovies for 3 hours or overnight.

  3. Pour yourself a frosty beverage, place a fish on a chip or cracker, and enjoy! Cheers!