How to remove the bones from Anchovies


My family loves fresh anchovies. But the pesky little bones are a pain when feeding kids. This is a simple way to clean and remove the bones at the same time.

Ask your fish monger to remove the heads and some of the guts. Wash off surface grime before you start.

  1. Using your thumb start by expanding the tear in the gut all the way to the tail.
  2. The fish will now open up like a butterfly.
  3. Pull out the bone starting from the head.
  4. Its ok, if the bone breaks or a little flesh tears away. Wash off under a running tap.

Once you get the hang of it, its quite easy. I can easily process over 2 kilos of these in under 30 mins. Its just a matter of practice.

Enjoy. This is the kind of mediation that helps keep you healthy and happy.


Published by Imran

A s/w engineer by profession, I cook for my family.

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