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Why You Should Eat Anchovies

4 Reasons You Should Give Anchovies a Chance

After learning everything there is to know about anchovies, I was still left wondering one thing: why don't more people like them? Sure, they have a strong scent and distinctive flavor, but anchovies are no different from any other fish and you shouldn't be afraid of eating or cooking with them! If you dislike anchovies, I'm recommending that you give them a second chance. Here are four reasons why you should start to eat anchovies:

  1. They're healthy. Anchovies are full of fatty acids that can help lower cholesterol and reduce heart disease. They're also a good source of protein, calcium, and vitamins E and D.
  2. They're sustainable. Although anchovies have been overfished in the past, they are currently a better choice when it comes to seafood that is sustainable.
  3. They add lots of flavor. Anchovies add a salty, nutty, umami-like quality to everything from pasta to pizza. When cooked down into a sauce or other dish, anchovies have an incredibly mild but rich flavor.
  4. You've had them before, you just didn't know it! Chances are, you've eaten anchovies on more than one occasion and you didn't realize you were eating them. Anchovies are a comment ingredient in Worcestershire sauce and other prepared fish sauces. They are also found in many Caesar salad dressings as well as tapenade and green goddess dressing.

Ready to experiment with anchovies? Use them in this fast and easy pasta dish!

Source: Flickr User stu_spivack

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GummiBears GummiBears 4 years
Would you believe I never had any?
Michael-Nichols Michael-Nichols 4 years
I LOVE anchovies....cook them down in most sauces and what you have is a delicious tasty savory taste and no one would suspect...but for me...I add them whole to pizzas (of course) and pasta as well....I purchase 6 pack tins at Costco for everyday use and then splurge for the oil packed bottled anchovies if it's an important recipe...
ticamorena ticamorena 4 years
considering half my family is spanish, anchovies have always been part of my diet. i don't love them, but as a person who dislikes adding salt to my food, they are a great substitute for raw salt when cooking sauces or in salads (capers also work well but are more vinegary and so are olives)
Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 4 years
I am obsessed with anchovies! I, too, love them in a simple pasta with herbs and aromatics. Throw in some breadcrumbs and I'm at the table! :feedme:
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 4 years
I loves me some anchovies - but I don't think they are that healthy because of the sodium content. Those buggers pack a salty punch.
fuzzles fuzzles 4 years
No problem, Wackdoodle! Happy anchovy-ing! :D
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 4 years
....Love them.......
wackdoodle wackdoodle 4 years
Ah! I'll have to tried an Italian deli but for some reason I never remember to look when I'm where the Tuna Fish is. I always end up buying a can of tuna instead and forgetting to look for anchovies. Thanks Fuzzles.
fuzzles fuzzles 4 years
Oooh. And in "everyday" grocery stores, I usually find them in the same section as the canned tuna.
fuzzles fuzzles 4 years
Love them even straight out of a jar! Wackdoodle, do you have an Italian deli/grocery nearby? I've never been to one that didn't carry them, either in tins or tiny jars.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 4 years
I love anchovies and actually crave them. But I always forget to buy them when I'm out shopping. Probably because I wouldn't know where to find them in most stores.
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