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Jun 3, 2010 11:09 AM

Where can I find fresh or salted anchovies in the Metro Detroit area?

I am looking for "fresh" (I know they would be frozen, what I mean is non-salted) or salted anchovies in the area, for frying/marinating purposes. I don't mean the kind that come in small cans, but larger quantities. Back when I was living in Europe you could find them by the pound at the fish market, but I was unable to find them in Michigan.

Thank you.

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  1. Maybe frozen at an Asian grocer?

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    1. re: Bada Bing

      You are right, I found them at Asian stores but those are dried, not only frozen, and I don't know how to work with those. Maybe there's a way but I don't know it. Would I be able to "reconstitute" them by soaking in water (?) and then fry/marinate?

      Yeah, that would be a good follow up question: how do you use those dry fishes from the Asian markets? I love fish, but I never knew how to incorporate those in dishes.

      1. re: dragosca

        Bruce Cost's "Asian Ingredients" books deals with dried fish briefly (pp. 135-43). Most of the recipes for dried fish and squid are Chinese, and the fish are either reconstituted for 30 minutes or so in warm water (perhaps rice rinsing water) or simply thrown in as-is for longer cooking dishes. The can be cut up or cooked whole.

        We have a Korean-based oriental market nearby, and I notice that they have packages of frozen fish that do not appear to have been dried first. Mostly mackerel, tilapia, etc. I did not notice anchovy or sardines there. But they might well be able to order some.

        1. re: Bada Bing

          Thanks for the suggestions, I'll look up some Chinese cookbooks.

    2. Cantoro Italian bakery & deli 19710 Middlebelt, Livonia has salted anchovies in a very large can on the deli shelf and you can buy them by the Lb/gram. BTW their bread is worth the trip on its own. Also try the porketta (hot) as well.

      1. Cantoro is fantastic. Some of the best bread around.

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        1. re: orangewhip

          ITA, especially the olive/rosemary baguette. And they get fresh ricotta a couple of times a week.

        2. Forgot to mention I saw some at Alcamo's in Dearborn.