Grilled White Anchovies with Lemon and Mint Salsa

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 27 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 12 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1 pound fresh white anchovies or fresh sardines, scaled and cleaned *

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

4 lemons, supremed

1 red onion, finely diced

1 fresh red chile, finely chopped

1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh mint leaves

1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Pinch sugar


  1. Rinse the anchovies, pat them dry, and place them on a plate. Season them with salt and pepper, sprinkle on the thyme leaves, and drizzle with 1/4 cup olive oil. Set them aside to marinate while you make the salsa.
  2. Combine the lemon supremes, red onion, chile, mint, and cilantro in a bowl. Add a pinch of sugar and some salt and pepper. Stir in 1/4 cup olive oil and mix well.
  3. Heat the grill or a grill pan. Grill the anchovies, carefully turning them over halfway through cooking, for about 10 to 12 minutes, or until cooked through. Remove to a platter and top with the lemon and mint Salsa.
  4. *Ask your fish monger to do this for you.