|Fried Anchovy (Hamsi Tava)|
1 pkg (454gr- 1lb) frozen anchovy, defrosted
1/3 cup flour
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.
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.
Also arugula, lemon, onion and radish go well with fried anchovy.
PS: 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.