Anchovy Soldiers

Anchovy Soldiers

Anchovy Soldiers 1903 1260 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

These melt-in-the-mouth anchovy soldiers are a delicious starter or snack. Here the anchovy is balanced with the smooth sweetness of the tomato.

These incredibly easy toasts topped with tomato paste, good quality anchovy fillets, capers, and red onion are the perfect hors-d’oeuvres.

Anchovy soldiers served on a wooden board


  • 10 slices of sourdough or baguette bread (2½ -3 cm thick) crust removed
  • olive oil
  • ½ tablespoon tomato paste
  • 20 anchovy fillets
  • 1 tablespoon red onion finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • mint to garnish

Notes from Rouba

  • Anchovies are usually preserved in olive oil and offer impressive amounts of nutrients.


Step 1.
Drizzle the bread with olive oil. Toast or griddle the sourdough on both sides.

toasting bread for the anchovy soldiers

Step 2.
Lightly spread tomato paste on one side of the bread, followed by two anchovy fillets. Top with capers, red onion and garnish with mint.

Serve while the toast is still crisp.

Anchovy soldiers served on a wooden board

And if you love hors-d’oeuvres, these are must-try:

 Hummus bruschetta
 Mini Za’atar Man-oushi
 Lamb Tartar – Herbed kibbeh Nayeeh
Crab soldiers

Sahtan – Enjoy In Good Health