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Fried anchovies with sweet and sour onions

by Ada Parisi
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fried anchovies with onions and sour, traditional Sicilian recipe. The onions are cooked slowly in a pan with a little olive oil, vinegar, sugar, raisins, pine nuts, cinnamon and Mint. A very particular taste that goes well with meat and FRY fatness of alice (If you find you can use sardines, they are even more fleshy Naturals). Cinnamon and Mint give the onion a touch spicy which, personally, I fell in love. My advice is to prepare the dish in advance, placing on fried anchovies on onion seasoning so that the fish flavors up to better. You can serve it as an appetizer or as a main dish. If you love this type of recipes, Also have a look at all my RECIPES WITH BLUE FISH and my SICILIAN RECIPES. Have a good day!

ANCHOVIES FRIED WITH SOUR Cipollata (Sicilian recipe)

Portions: 4 Preparation: cooking:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )



600 grams of fresh anchovies (net weight)
durum, to taste
Salt, to taste
peanut oil for frying, to taste


6 Golden or white onions
40 grams raisins
40 grams pine nuts
a pinch of cinnamon
2 tablespoons sugar
Salt, to taste
60 milliliters of Apple Cider vinegar or white wine
a handful of fresh mint leaves
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil


Clean the anchovies: remove the head, Open the anchovies to book and take away the innards, the inner bone and the small bones on his back. Wash all the fish and put it on the paper towel, Pat dry well until dry. Put in a dish abundant durum wheat, season with salt (not too) and pass one by one the anchovies pressing well so that they are well covered with flour from both sides. S

Joshua in a wide saucepan (I recommend the wok) peanut oil: le alici vanno fritte in immersione e l'olio deve ricoprirle interamente e essere a una temperatura di 180 gradi, ideal for frying. Mettere poco pesce per volta nell'olio bollente e friggerlo per un minuto e mezzo o due: as soon as they become browned, will be ready. Set them aside on a platter.

For spicy onions, slice the onions, not too thin and put them in a non-stick skillet with 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil. Season with salt, cover and cook over low heat for about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, tostare i pinoli in una padella e fare ammorbidire l'uvetta in una tazza di acqua calda. When you see that the onions are wilted, Add the pine nuts, l'uvetta ben strizzata e un pizzico di cannella, According to your taste. Do Cook 10 minutes.

Finally, alzare il fuoco e versare sulle cipolle l'aceto nel quale avrete mescolato fino a scioglimento lo zucchero. Do fade, lower the heat, combine the Mint, cover and Cook 10 minutes again. Onions must pick up a nice shiny brownish and, like the ones you see in the picture.

Pour over the onions and sour fried anchovies and make the dish rest a couple of hours. You eat at room temperature, well seasoned and garnished with a few sprigs of fresh mint.

MATCHING: Although sweet and sour taste is difficult to match with wine, We suggest to savour this dish accompanied by a aromatic white and soft. We chose the Gewurztraminer Windegg dell'azienda Brigl, located in Appiano, in the province of Bolzano, and that is part of the Consortium Alto Adige wines. E' un vino dal gusto rotondo e secco, floral scents (rose) and spices (cloves).

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Albalù 24 May 2018 - 16:35

Anchovies are the nectar of the Gods! 🙂

Ada Parisi 24 May 2018 - 22:23

I agree!

IGI September 2, 2013 - 13:55

Lovely recipe!
These spicy onions what else may accompany?
Thank you, thank you

Sicilians creative in the kitchen September 2, 2013 - 14:03

Hi Iginia, Welcome to blogs. Sweet and sour the crisp onions not only the fish but also good Braised beef stew or. Thanks and greetings. ADA

Simply Cooking August 26, 2013 - 15:57

Listen, This I liked particularly…the taste just to read the proceedings.
One kiss

Sicilians creative in the kitchen August 26, 2013 - 16:00

I recommend you try it. garantisco io 😉

giusy August 25, 2013 - 12:25

That good must be these spicy onions! Congratulations for the idea surely to be copied to the first purchase of anchovies. A hug!

Sicilians creative in the kitchen August 25, 2013 - 21:17

Hello Giusy, copy and paste, mi raccomando 🙂

Luisa August 25, 2013 - 09:08

Goodness me.. This is not temptation is attentatooo!!
gorgeous this dish… rich, but definitely strong flavours and all of the South!

Sicilians creative in the kitchen August 25, 2013 - 21:16

Thanks luisa, try it as soon as you can…. regards Ada


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