How to Eat Dried Fish

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Drying is an ancient form of food preservation. Dried fish is a traditional food consumed in Asian and Catholic Mediterranean countries. Lutefisk, made from air-dried white fish, is popular in Nordic countries such as Sweden. Small fish such as anchovies and sardines store easily in dried form. Keep a bag in the cabinet to snack on. You can purchase them in many Asian and some specialty grocery stores, and then follow these tips to enjoy them.

Things You'll Need

  • Dried fish
  • Coconut oil
  • Small pan
  • Salt and pepper
  • Remove a cup of dried fish from bag.

  • Heat oil on high heat in a shallow pan. Use oil that can withstand the high temperature, whose flavor won't compete with the fish's.

  • Move fish around with a spatula while they cook. Fry until they are crispy.

  • Season with salt and hot pepper.

  • Enjoy eating the snack with a cold drink.

Tips & Warnings

  • Small fish are a good source of calcium, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D. Because of their size, they usually don't contain as much mercury as bigger fish.
  • If you prefer a softer texture, soak dried fish in water for thirty minutes. Squeeze out excess water before cooking. Larger fish require a longer soaking time, and you may have to cut them into pieces for some recipes.
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