Hamsi Tava Recipe

Hamsi Tava Recipe

Hamsi Tava


  • 1 pkg (454gr- 1lb) frozen anchovy, defrosted
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1tsp salt
  • ½ cup sunflower oil/ canola oil/ corn oil (optional)


  1. Cut the heads off (optional, heads absorb too much oil). Gut the anchovy and wash with cold water, drain. Put them in a bowl, sprinkle the salt and blend.
  2. Pour the oil into a large skillet and heat it up over high-medium heat. Place the flour in a plate and dip the anchovy by holding from its tail. To remove the excess flour, shake the fish off.
  3. Fry till they turn to a red fried color, approximately for 4-5 minutes. Turn halfway through. When they are done, place the fried anchovy on a plate with paper towel to absorb the excess oil. Serve with lemon.
  4. Also arugula, lemon, onion and radish go well with fried anchovy.


While thawing the frozen fish, first leave it in the fridge (4C) for 12 hours, then thaw it at room temperature for 4-5 hours and cook immediately. Also, you can thaw in cold water. Make sure that you do not leave the frozen fish directly at the room temperature. This would cause the pathogenic organisms to grow and spread over the fish quickly.

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