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Simple Spicy Anchovies

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

I was going through the pantry and found a bag of dried anchovies that the suckling pig (one of our eating companions and part-time hand model on this blog) gave me quite awhile ago. I normally use this for soups but I felt like spicy crispy anchovies, so I made some and ate with rice porridge together with green bean omelette.

Dried anchovies or known as ikan bilis in my home country Malaysia is commonly used in soups or fried with sambal and served with nasi lemak. I would love to make sambal ikan bilis, but I didn't have any sambal chili in hand, so I made this simple version instead. They are normally deep fried until crispy, but I hate deep frying without a proper deep fryer, so I used the oven to make it crispy instead. It worked! Look how golden brown and crispy they are!


Spicy anchovies

I would suggest adding roasted peanuts as ikan bilis and peanuts are perfect together! And I would try caramelising the sugar before adding the anchovies if I can get my hands on more dried anchovies. I heard that the oriental supermarkets here stop stocking dried anchovies, I hope that's not the case!


Spicy anchovies2


Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Dried Anchovies (Ikan Bilis) - rinsed and drained well
  • Oil
  • 2-3 tbs (or more) Sugar
  • 1 tbs (or more) Red Chili Flakes

Directions:

  • Spread anchovies on a baking tray and leave to dry in the oven at 100°C.
  • When anchovies are dried, increase the heat to 200°C and bake until they are golden brown and crispy.
  • Heat up a little bit of oil in a pan.
  • Add anchovies, sugar and chili flakes.
  • Toss to mix.


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37 oink oinks...:

Angie's Recipes said...

Those are great for some beer!

Jenn said...

Nice. anchovies get a bad rap sometimes and I never got why. Nice way to spice up the flavors!

KennyT said...

Ann, I'd like to have some with my congee^^

Elra said...

My favorite, unfortunately my husband can not understand why I like it. I guess he is not used to it. In Indonesia we call it, ikan Teri, and we make sambal Teri. Yum!

doggybloggy said...

I could sit with a big bowl of these and a couple of cold beers and be as happy as a pig in _____well you know what!

Marta said...

I hadn't seen dried anchovies, but this looks like such an addictive little treat! Dangerous!
I will follow your idea of adding peanuts :)

Bob said...

I'm not really a fish fan, but I would totally pop one of those with a quickness! I bet they would be awesome in chili.

Little Corner of Mine said...

Love anchovies! Yours is a lovely snack. I always get my anchovies from M'sia, the one sold here are different, more like what the Korean used.

Chef E said...

I have always love anchovies, and sardines...love this!

katie said...

do you like the little crabs too?

crunchy

Maya said...

I usually gorenf mine and keep it in a bottle. Baking it seems like a great idea!

Emile Zola@life said...

This is my favorite dish, but I prefer to fry the ikan bilis.

Linda said...

Mmm mmm...anchovies are soooo good! And everything made with them, especially if it's extra stinky :) I'm not sure about UK, but in Aus you can buy similar dried fish for cats - one time my dad ate some, reckoning they were just as good as the human ones. Me and my boyfriend at the time were completely horrified!

Sara said...

I don't eat anchovies all that often, but this looks like a great preparation!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

I've always munched on those mixes with the fish and the peanuts but didn't realise that it was so easy to make yourself! :)

♥peachkins♥ said...

I love Spicy anchovies dipped in spicy vinegar and eaten with garlic rice....

Su-Lin said...

Oh, delicious! Ikan bilis go down a treat in our house...when I can be bothered to fry them! I had no idea one could baked them instead.

noobcook said...

It's a great idea to bake them instead of deep frying ... less oily and less fuss! :)

Manggy said...

LOVE these. I get them prepackaged and deep fried. Not the healthiest snack for watching a television show! These are much more sensible but I bet just as good! :)

lisaiscooking said...

This sounds great! I've never tried anchovies like this but would love to.

5 Star Foodie said...

Great preparation for anchovies - I would love some right now!

Robin Sue said...

I bet these little guys pack lots of flavor and would enhance many other dishes other than the ones mentioned. Pizza? It's Italian-Malaysian fushion food!

Leela said...

I snacked on these little things ALL the time growing up and I still miss them from time to time. I'd have these over the empty-calorie snacks like Cheetos any day. The fish is high in calcium and protein. Anchovies are underrated.

Ellie said...

Add some peanuts... My favourite snack with beer!!

Helen said...

This is brilliant. I bought a bag of dried anchovies a while ago and I really wwasn't sure how to use them. I love this idea. Even better that I don't need a deep fat fryer because I am only just conquering my fear of deep fat frying.

Jackie @PhamFatale.com said...

mmm sounds delicious. Unfortunately my hubby is a vegetarian. So after eating all this goodness, I need to get 2 gallons of listerine and rinse lol

Reeni♥ said...

What a great idea!! Spicy and delicious!

Bunny said...

I've never had anchovies , I live a sheltered life! They sound good though!

kiss my spatula said...

i think i would snack on these all night long if they were in front of me. :)

Parita said...

Thats new to me..looks good :)

Emily said...

I'm slightly nervous about these, but I would try them!

Zue Murphy said...

That is a good tip to bake the anchovies in the oven. Less oil use than deep fry. I agree to add peanuts with anchovies. Delicious! Thank you for the post.

mycookinghut said...

Simple but nice!! I like ikan bilis so much that I probably could have a bowl of your ikan bilis with peanut and sugar mixed in :)

Marc @ NoRecipes said...

These look great! We use dried baby anchovies in Japanese food too. Both in soups, or crisped with sweet soy sauce as a snack.

Katherine Aucoin said...

I thought I was the only wierdo that loved anchovies! These are wonderful!

Janet @Gourmet Traveller 88 said...

This sounds lovely, I have some Korean Dried Anchovies at home,it's for making stock. Can I use that too for this purpose?

Just Shelley... said...

Hope to try this soon :)

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