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Marinated Anchovies Sicilian (male cunzati)

One of the most popular seafood appetizers

by Ada Parisi
5 min read
Alici marinate

Cunzati masculini or Sicilian marinated anchovies. Hard to know what it is if you are not Sicilian. 1 male cunzati ('Anchovies seasoned’ dialect Catania) It is nothing but the delicious marinated anchovies, one of the most popular seafood appetizers and typical Sicilian and Italian sea.

The marinated anchovies are a plate poor, Typical of the south of Italy with small variations in the ingredients of the marinade and seasonings. All have marinated anchovies, though, in common, an acid ingredient which causes, precisely, marinating the meat: lemon, vinegar or both. I use the wonderful Sicilian lemons, and add a dash of vinegar just a matter of taste. As for herbs, parsley is indispensable for me, but also fresh oregano and mint aromas give wonderful fish. Here on my YouTube channel you can find the VIDEO TUTORIAL ON HOW TO CLEAN ANCHOVIES.

Remember marinated anchovies are not cooked and therefore may contain a parasite inside the meat, l’Anisakis, very dangerous for humans. Before being eaten raw, then, must be torn down temperature. In the notes at the bottom of the recipe I will explain in detail how to proceed to enjoy your marinated anchovies: I recommend, do not skip this critical step. What else to say? Use to season them an extra virgin olive oil quality, fruity but not too intense, do not overdo the salt, because often marinated anchovies are too salty, consumatele and on the day in which you have prepared.

Obviously, if you love Sicily, you have to have a look at all my SICILIAN RECIPES and, if worship the anchovies in particular, all my RECIPES WITH ANCHOVIES, from cakes to those fried or sweet and sour, and of course all my RECIPES WITH BLUE FISH, good, Economic and healthy. And now I wish you good day!

Alici marinate


Portions: 4 Preparation: cooking:
Nutrition facts: 250 calories 20 fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )


500 grams of blast chilled fresh anchovies

the juice of three lemons (150 milliliters)

25 milliliters of white wine vinegar

extra virgin olive oil, to taste

fresh parsley, to taste

2 cloves of garlic

a chili pepper

fresh oregano, to taste (Optional)

salt and pepper, to taste


Marinated anchovies

Marinated anchovies

If you purchased the anchovies already torn down, the preparation of pickled anchovies will be rapid: Clean the anchovies removing the head. Then open them like a book, sliding your finger inside, and remove the bones and entrails. Then wash them carefully under running water. Put the anchovies on a paper towel and blot until they are completely dry.

Cut a clove of garlic into slices and spread it over the anchovies. Finely chop a little parsley (Sicily is sometimes also used dry or fresh oregano or mint). Mix in a bowl the lemon juice, white wine vinegar, a little salt up, garlic and parsley.

Arrange the anchovies in a glass vessel (Never aluminum or steel) capacious, low and wide (ideal would be to arrange anchovies in a single layer, so that uniformly marinino), with the skin side facing downwards. Drizzle with lemon juice and cover with plastic wrap for contact.

Keep the anchovies in the refrigerator for 5 hours, then drain from the marinade.

Cut the garlic and chilli into thin slices. Finely chop a little parsley. Arrange the anchovies in a serving dish, Salt them lightly. Pour into a bowl of lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil and beat with a whisk to create an emulsion. Season marinated anchovies with oil and lemon emulsion.

Spread garlic and chilli over marinated anchovies, complete with chopped parsley, a little fresh ground black pepper and a few slices of lemon. Let Enjoy marinated anchovies immediately, it is good to consume in the same day on which you have prepared, and in any case keep them in a refrigerator (always covered with plastic wrap) until the time of use. Bon appétit!


HOW TO BREAK DOWN ANCHOVIES. The marinated anchovies are NOT cooked, ma crude. Contrary to what is said, namely that the marinating 'bake' the meat of anchovies, the fish remains raw and then in its meat may be present Anisakis, a parasite potentially very harmful to human health. The anisakis is destroyed only by cooking above 60 degrees or freezing over 18 degrees. For this reason, marinating is not enough. If your anchovies were not already demolished (and I advise you to do it even if you already torn down, just to make sure), you have to eviscerarle, open them like a book and remove the bone (without washing them), then lay them out on a sheet of parchment paper (also in several layers, always separated by a sheet of parchment paper) and keep them for at least 96 hours (4 days) at -18 ° C in freezer. He spent 96 hours, transferred the anchovies in the refrigerator and, when they are thawed, wash them carefully and proceed as recipe.

MATCHING: Gose beer in style, German specialty that takes its name from the town of Goslar, in Lower Saxony. In the city of Leipzig, this beer is produced by mid-1700. produced with lactic acid, cilantro and salt. We chose the beer produced at the historic Gose Bayerischer Bahnhof. The aromas of this drink is citrus and spicy, while the taste is slightly acidic. The alcohol content is 4,5%, that should be drunk at around 7 degrees of temperature. With this recipe of marinated anchovies we got a match for concordance: The sour taste of anchovy dressing meets the beer.

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elisabetta corbetta 25 July 2018 - 17:06



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