Food for Thought with Suzanne Dunaway

Fried anchovies

I love little fried fishies of any kind, but the lovely small anchovies we have here in the P-O are perfect for a quick apéro dish, or a main course with zucchine slivers or pomme de terre cut into julienne and sautéed quickly until crisp.

If you want to play around with your lovely fresh anchois, you can bone them easily (I use my thumbnail, washed thoroughly, as did the anchovy-boning women of yesteryear) and cover the filets with a marinade of olive oil, slivered garlic, peppercorns, lemon juice, and salt. I sometimes add a bit of fresh cilantro or parsley, chopped fine, for garnish,



Serves two


  • About 20-25 anchois (deux poignées), washed off but not dried
  • A paper bag
  • Flour
  • Salt, pepper, and paprika
  • Olive oil
  • A large flat skillet
  • Optional: thin slices of zucchine and/or potato, cut into little strips, shaken in the flour mix to coat, and sautéed in hot olive oil until crisp before cooking the anchois. Keep them warm in a low oven.


Put ½ cup flour, two or three shakes of salt, a shake of pepper, and 1 teaspoon sweet paprika in the bag.  Shake it to mix and add the fishies, shaking the bag well to coat them with the flour mix.

Heat ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil in the skillet just until it threatens to smoke, add the anchois and brown on one side then the other, turning carefully with a spatula (or two, to make it easier). When they are golden and crisp, remove to the plate and serve with lemon wedges.


Meet the chef

P-O Life reader, Suzanne Dunaway, has cooked since she was 5 years old, when she made cinnamon pinwheels from her mother’s pastry dough.

She LOVES to cook. Some might say she LIVES to cook. The smells, the tastes, the textures…

She is a firm believer in simplicity and creates her recipes in the ethos of ‘anyone can cook’.

After years of experience in her own kitchen, cooking schools and private classes all over the world, in this weekly blog, Suzanne shares with us her PO-inspired creations.

With many strings to her bow, she is also an artist and columnist, with two published cookbooks.

Get a copy of her ‘No Need to Knead: Handmade Artisan Breads in 90 Minutes’ here  

Or her 5 star rated book ‘Rome, at Home: The Spirit of La Cucina Romana in Your Own Kitchen’ here

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