Another of My Favorite Antipasto – Alici Marinate

A typical dish from Campania, a southern region of Italy, the ‘alici marinate’ once were a meal of the poor people. Easy to make it is also a way to preserve ‘raw’ fish.

Antipasti in Italy, meze in Greece and tapas in Spain very are rich in taste and variety. They should be a starter, but very often they could be already a whole meal. Alici marinate, or marinated anchovy, are maybe a very simple dish, but also very rich in taste. And as a fish lover it is definitely one of my favorite antipasti.

The preparation of the fish in a certain way makes it a kind of preserved food. The raw fish, cleaned and without spine, interior and head, will be ‘cooked’ in vinegar and/or lemon juice for several hours, mostly overnight. During this time the fish’ meat gets from brown-pink to white. A little like if you would boil the fish. After the marinating or cooking time is over, the fish is placed in a deep dish together with some herbs like garlic, parsley and chili, and covered with olive oil extra virgin. Another couple of hours in the fridge before served and voilà!

If you don’t have time to prepare them right after buying the fresh fish, it is recommended to clean the fish and then leave it for 96 hours (4 days!) in the freezer. This way all bad bacteria or whatever just die and the fish is save for consuming. I always buy and prepare immediately, I never did the freezer variation.

The marinated anchovies are great alone, but best with homemade focaccia or baguette. Make bruschetta with alici marinate! Or add them to a mixed salad. How about spaghetti with marinated anchovies? Let your fantasy go crazy!

Let’s prepare a very typical yet unique dish!

Alici Marinate
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
4 persons 30 minutes
Passive Time
12 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 persons 30 minutes
Passive Time
12 hours
Alici Marinate
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
4 persons 30 minutes
Passive Time
12 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 persons 30 minutes
Passive Time
12 hours
Ingredients
Servings: persons
Instructions
  1. First clean all the fish. With a sharp knife open along the belly and take out the spine and interior and cut the head. Clean the fish filets under water and let get them a little dry on a paper towel.
  2. Transfer the opened fish filets one by one into a glass or ceramic bowl and put the vinegar and lemon juice on the top that all the sardelles are covered. Cover and set aside. Let them 'cook' for around 5 hours or overnight (best).
  3. Meanwhile you wait you can prepare the garlic, chili and the parsley.
  4. After the 'cooking time' take the anchovies out of the lemon-vinegar without washing them. Put a layer of the open fish filets in a glass or ceramic baking dish, sprinkle some parsley, garlic, salt and pepper and chili/flakes on the top, drizzle some olive oil on all, then start a second layer, exactly like the first, and if there is enough fish continue until you used all of the fish and the spices. Add the rest of the olive oil on the top in order to cover all.
  5. Leave the dish at least 4 hours, better more, in the fridge to get taste and serve with pomegranate kernels.
Recipe Notes

If you want/need to store the alice marinate transfer all in a smaller container and cover. They are perfect for several days.

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