The Most Malagueño of Tapas! Recipe: Boquerones en Vinagre

This blog post was originally posted on October 7th, 2015 and was updated on February 17th, 2017

You might not know this, but people from Malaga are often referred to as “Boquerones.”

This has a lot to do with the fact that we are a city by the sea and one of the most plentiful fish has always been the boqueron, or anchovy. These fresh white anchovies are marinated and go surprisingly well with a chilled glass of Verdejo white wine. We definitely think that our recipe for boquerones en vinagre, though time consuming, is worth the effort!

The recipe of boquerones en vinagrePhoto Credit: Barnaby Dorfman

In Malaga it’s generally rather easy to get your hands on boquerones en vinagre. You can order them as a tapa at almost any bar, and they even sell them prepared in the fish section of the market or grocery store. However, we know that this is not the case in other parts of the world. But that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying these delicious little fishies! Just make sure to plan ahead because our recipe for boquerones en vinagre takes about 6 hours from start to finish!

Boquerones en Vinagre (Marinated White Anchovies
Serves: 4-6 tapas
  • 2 lbs fresh anchovies
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 cups white wine vinegar
  • 4-5 sprigs of parsley salt to taste
  1. Remove the heads, innards and spine from the anchovies cutting them into fillets
  2. Rinse the anchovy fillets in water and lay them flat in a glass baking dish.
  3. Place the fresh anchovies in the freezer for 3 hours (This is to protect from any parasites found in the raw fish.)
  4. After you remove the anchovies from the freezer add the vinegar until all the anchovies are fully covered.
  5. Finely chop the garlic and parsley and sprinkle it over the anchovies.
  6. Pour the olive oil over the anchovies in the baking dish as well
  7. Cover the dish well with plastic wrap and allow the anchovies to marinate in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours.
  8. Enjoy the boquerones on their own or with a bit of delicious bread.

We hope you will try our recipe for boquerones en vinagre (marinated white anchovies) because it really is a dish that will surprise you! The flavor is intense and it pairs perfectly with a chilled glass of Spanish white wine (like a Verdejo).

Let us know if you try to make boquerones en vinagre at home and how you liked them! Are there other recipes from Malaga you’d like to see featured on the blog? Let us know in the comments section below!
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  1. Yum yum yum!…I made these when I was in Andalusia a few ago. Decided to try sardines instead and found your recipe. I used our own EVOO so even better..!. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

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