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Baked Fresh Anchovies (Fırında Hamsi Tava)

Winter is the time for enjoying Black Sea anchovies. Bake fresh anchovies in the oven for a light, healthy meal.
Course Seafood
Cuisine Turkish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 500kcal
Author Turkey's For Life


  • 500 grams fresh anchovies gutted
  • 3 tablespoons corn flour
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil

For The Salad

  • 1 handful rocket leaves washed
  • 1 onion peeled & sliced into half moons
  • pickled red cabbage optional
  • 2 lemons cut into wedges
  • 1 drizzle of pomegranate molasses


  • Preheat your oven to 220 degrees Celsius.
  • Brush your oven tray with sunflower oil and arrange your floured anchovies onto the tray.
  • Now lightly drizzle oil over the top of your anchovies.
  • Place in the middle of your oven and bake for around 20 minutes until sizzling.
  • Meanwhile, mix your salad ingredients and arrange onto a plate (or prepare your bread bun if serving in bread).
  • Remove your sizzling anchovies from the oven and serve immediately.


  • If you are serving your fresh anchovies with a side salad, 500 grams will serve 2-3 people.
    If you are serving them in bread, you can serve 4 people.
  • Ask your fishmonger to clean and gut your anchovies. There is no need to fillet them as you can eat the bones. They're very soft.
  • We added pickled red cabbage as an ingredient because it goes well with hamsi and they are often served together.
  • Calories per serving are approximate and are based on a 500 gram serving with sunflower oil.