Boquerones en Vinagre Recipe: Delicious Anchovies Marinated in Vinegar

Tapas time! This recipe for anchovies in vinegar, garlic and olive oil is one of the most popular tapas in Spain. Since this is a recipe based on semi-raw fish, it is necessary to freeze the anchovies at least 48 hours beforehand at a temperature between -18 and -20°C. This is done to avoid the Anisakis. The recipe is not difficult, but it requires time. Shall we start?


  • 1 kg of fresh anchovies cleaned and frozen beforehand
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 2 glasses of water
  • 1 glass of white vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Fresh parsley

How to Make the Boquerones en Vinagre Recipe:

  1. Defrost the anchovies by putting them in the refrigerator the day before. Anchovies must be well cleaned before freezing, without the head, spine, guts or fish bones to prevent them from acquiring a bitter taste from the guts.
  2.  For the marinade, heat up half a glass of water in the microwave. Once hot, add salt and dissolve it. Once it is well mixed, pour it into a bowl.
  3. Then add the remaining cold water and vinegar to the bowl. The mixture must be cold before placing the anchovies in it. Add them and cover them with plastic wrap.
  4. Let it marinate for about one night or 12 hours.
  5. Next day, take the anchovies out of the marinade and drain them on a sieve. Taste one and, if vinegar is too strong, leave them in cold water for 30 minutes to reduce its flavour. Remember that, at the end, olive oil will balance all the flavours.
  6. Chop the peeled garlic cloves into small pieces. Do the same with the parsley and set aside.
  7. Take an airtight bowl where you will keep the anchovies. Make a first layer by filling the bottom of the bowl with anchovies with the skin side down, add a little parsley and garlic on top and cover the layer with olive oil.
  8. Continue to spread the anchovies in layers with the same process. Once all the anchovies are well covered with olive oil, refrigerate for 24 hours.
  9. Always make sure that anchovies are covered with a good layer of olive oil and serve!

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