How to Eat Dried Fish. 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
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.
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.