Anchovy Recipe: How to Make Anchovy Bird?

“Anchovy Bird” is an authentic Turkish snack recipe which belongs to the Northeast Blacksea Coast of Turkey. There are two different types of anchovy bird recipe. One is with the a real bird shape; the other one is with a meatball shape. In this recipe, we are going to make famous anchovy bird with meatball shape.

Anchovy Bird


  • 1 bunch of swiss chard
  • 2 cups of corn flour
  • 1 cup of boneless anchovy fillets (fresh or salted)
  • 2 onions (chopped)
  • 1 cup of chopped parsley
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 bunch of chopped mint
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon of salt

How to Make Turkish Anchovy Bird

1- First of all wash the swiss chard leaves under running water one of one.

2- Cut the leaves into 1/2 cm pieces.

3- Transfer the cut swisss chard leaves into a big bowl.

4- Then add the chopped onions and salt.

5- Message gently until the chard leaves are soft and juicy.

6- Then transfer them into a colander.

7- Pour a little water onto to get rid of excess salt.

8- Then press with your hand to get rid of excess water.

9- Transfer the sieved chard leaves into a big bowl.

10- Add corn flour, all purpse flour, chopped parsley, chopped mint, 1 egg and mix well.

11- Add 1 tablespoon of water if needed.

12- Add the cleaned boneless anchovy fillets which can be both fresh or salted.

13- Knead like a dough until soft enough to make meatballs.

14- Then get pieces in the size of an egg and form flat patties.

15- Align them in an oiled pan next to each other. Make sure the patties touch each other.

16- Beat the remaining egg in a small bowl.

17- Add 1 tablespoon of water and mix well.

18- Fry the patties in the pan over medium heat.

19- When the bottom part is cooked, close the lid and turn upside down.

20- Add vegetable oil to the pain.

21- Pour the egg mixture with a spoon starting from the edges.

22- When the both sides are golden brown, then your anchovy bird is ready to serve.

23- Close the lid and turn upside down to transfer the cooked anchovy bird to the lid.

24- Now you can transfer this great anchovy side dish from the lid to the serving plate.

25- You can serve 3-4 patties as a side dish next to main dish. Enjoy when hot.

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