How to Store Opened Anchovies

by Elton Dunn ; Updated October 17, 2017

Soak anchovies in water for 30 minutes if they're too salty.

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Tiny anchovies pack a bold flavor and you only need a few for each dish. Store any you have left over after a meal, since there's no reason to throw these guys away. Their sharp taste gives a subtle flavor boost to salads, pizza and pasta dishes and sauces. Whether you've got whole, canned, oil-packed or filleted anchovies, they all need to be stored properly.

Place the anchovies in a sealable glass jar or plastic food storage container. Choose one that fits the anchovies well and doesn't leave a lot of extra room.

Pour olive oil over the fish to create a barrier between the air and your anchovies.

Seal the container tightly.

Place the anchovies in the refrigerator. They're safe to store for two to three months.


  • Whenever you use a few anchovies, remove them from the olive oil and place them on a plate, then push the rest of the fish back into the oil so they are covered. Seal the container and put it back in the fridge.

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A successful website writer since 1998, Elton Dunn has demonstrated experience with technology, information retrieval, usability and user experience, social media, cloud computing, and small business needs. Dunn holds a degree from UCSF and formerly worked as professional chef. Dunn has ghostwritten thousands of blog posts, newsletter articles, website copy, press releases and product descriptions. He specializes in developing informational articles on topics including food, nutrition, fitness, health and pets.