Best Turkish Anchovy

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Turkish Anchovy

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 323kcal


  • 600 g fresh anchovy
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 8 tbsp sunflower oil

For serving:

  • Arugula leaves
  • Lemon wedges
  • Red onion sliced


  • Clean, wash and drain the anchovies. Mix the cornmeal and salt in a large bowl. Coat the anchovies with cornmeal. Set aside.
  • Pour the 2 tablespoons of sunflower oil into the shallow pan. Place the anchovies closely, with their tails pointing in the direction of the center of the pan, side by side.
  • Cook the anchovies on high heat for 8 minutes. Cover the pan with a flat plate once the first side has turned golden brown, and flip it over while holding the plate. Add 2 tablespoons of sunflower oil to the pan and slide the anchovies back into the pan.
  • After cooking this side for 7 minutes, transfer it to a serving plate.
  • Continue the cooking process until all of the anchovies are cooked. Serve with lemon wedges, sliced red onions, and arugula leaves.



Calories: 323kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 11834mg | Potassium: 177mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 19IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg

Tips, Notes & Substitutes:

Turkish Anchovy, also known as Hamsi Tava in the Turkish language, is a traditional Turkish dish made with fresh anchovy. The fish is pan-fried and served with various greens and vegetables, like arugula, parsley, and onions. Here are some tips for making Turkish Anchovy at home quickly. 

  • You can arrange it so that the middle or the edge of the pan is empty; the important thing is that the anchovies are lined up tightly together.
  • For your safety, pour the extra oil into a separate bowl before turning the anchovies over.
  • If you like the fish to be more crispy, you can cook each side for an additional 3 minutes.
  • Make sure the anchovies are thoroughly rinsed and drained. If you think it is not draining well, use a paper towel to remove excess water. Otherwise, it can form a muddy layer when combined with cornmeal, preventing it from becoming a crunchy anchovy.

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