Anguilla in Carpione

Pickled Eel

Preparation info
  • Serves

    3 to 4

    • Difficulty


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Pickling in carpione is a traditional method for preparing freshwater eel. Pickled eel is customarily eaten on Christmas Eve, especially in southern Italy. Any firm-fleshed fish may be substituted for the eel; red mullet, with its orangey-red skin, makes a particularly beautiful presentation.

(See “Marinated, Pickled, and Oil-Cured Foods for Antipasti” for further discussion of in carpione. See also “