Healthy Anchovy Recipes

Find healthy, delicious anchovy recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Caesar Salad Dressing

Rating: 4.5 stars
Double this recipe to have extra dressing on hand for tomorrow night's salad.

Pasta Puttanesca with Beef

Rating: 5 stars
This easy slow cooker ground beef and pasta recipe makes a great meal any night of the week.

One-Pan Chicken with Basil-Anchovy Butter & Shishito Peppers

Rating: 4 stars
Don't skip the anchovies in this healthy chicken thigh recipe. Their fishiness blends in, adding salty, umami flavor, so that even skeptics of the salty little fish won't protest. And this healthy skillet dinner is cooked in one pan and takes just 20 minutes to prep--in case you need more selling points for this recipe.

Tomato Sandwiches with Basil-Anchovy Mayo

Eating a tomato sandwich with juice and mayo gushing down your pinkies is a rite of passage in North Carolina. Typically, Duke's mayo, tomatoes and salt are the only ingredients, but this healthy tomato sandwich recipe goes above and beyond with extra layers of veggies and herbs. Opt for yolks from pasteurized-in-the-shell eggs for the mayo if you like.

Kimchi Jjigae

Kimchi jjigae (stew) is one of the most beloved jjigaes in Korea. This comforting one-pot stew is best when made with older, well-fermented kimchi. While anchovy broth is traditional, you can swap it for reduced-sodium chicken broth, beef broth, vegetable broth or even water (as long as your kimchi is flavorful). Feel free to add some pork belly along with the kimchi for a classic spin on this recipe. Read more about kimchi jjigae.

Yeo Joo Ggori Tang (Oxtail & Bitter Melon Soup)

This bitter melon soup recipe showcases the nuances of the polarized vegetable alongside rich and delicious oxtails for comfort in a bowl

Lemon-Walnut Bagna Cauda with Shrimp & Crudités

This garlic-and-anchovy-based dipping sauce hails from Northern Italy; bagna cauda is Italian for "hot dip." We turn the dipping sauce into a meal by serving it with shrimp and loads of vegetables. Crusty bread is another great dipper.
By Laura Kanya

Massaged Mustard Greens Salad

Rating: 5 stars
A few minutes of judicious massaging will transform bitter mustard greens into a mellow, well-balanced salad spiked with hints of lemon, garlic and Parmesan.

Caesar Salad with Grilled Steak

Traditional Caesar salad dressing uses egg yolk to make it creamy. Here we use mayo instead for the same rich results without the raw egg.
By Carolyn Casner

Broccoli Rabe with Garlic & Anchovies

Rating: 5 stars
Pungent broccoli rabe (or broccoli rape, broccoli raab or rapini) is tossed with a rich mixture of garlic, olive oil and anchovies in this easy side dish.

Siraegi Guk (Radish-Top Soup)

This rustic soup is traditionally made with dried radish greens, but this one features fresh ones. Look for them on young radishes at a Korean or Asian market near you; lacinato kale makes a good substitute.

Greens-&-Gruyère Mini Quiches

This mini quiche recipe uses classic Provençal flavors--garlic, oil-cured olives, anchovies, caramelized onions--to season these very-green egg cups. They keep well, perfect for breakfast on the fly, but the flavors are sophisticated enough to serve for brunch. If you frequently make mini quiches, consider investing in silicone mini muffin tins; they make popping these out a dream!

Inspiration and Ideas

Tomato-Garlic Vinaigrette
This tomato-garlic vinaigrette recipe is like an Italian grandmother's sauce for salad. Don't be afraid of the anchovies! They elevate this salad dressing to a different level. Use leftover vinaigrette tossed with whole-wheat penne or fusilli for a delicious pasta salad.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Rating: Unrated
Chef Michael Symon loves Brussels sprouts because they can be cooked so many different ways. In this healthy recipe, the rich flavor of the walnuts, Dijon and capers is perfection with roasted meats.

Anchovy & Cherry Tomato Salad

Rating: 5 stars

This anchovy and tomato salad recipe has very few ingredients but absolutely sings with flavor when it's made with cherry tomatoes picked at their ripest. For the prettiest salad, use a combination of orange, yellow and red tomatoes.