Crisp Fried Anchovies

Another alternative way to cook anchovies besides Nasi Lemak but this dish can be serve as the side dish for Nasi Lemak as well. When cousin sister-in-law cooked this at home, I thought it was a very simple dish; all you need is some peanut, anchovies and sugar. It turns out I was wrong. It takes more than that. The moment I saw this recipes from Green Mangoes and Lemon Grass and I know I must try this. I love eat this especially with plain porridge.


  • 1/3 cup Oil
  • 2 cups dried cleaned anchovies
  • 1/2 cup peanut
  • 6 shallots, processed until coasty ground
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp chilies powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder


  • Head 2 tbsp oil in a pan
  • Add anchovies and stir fry over medium heat until crisp and brown.Remove from pan, drain on paper towel.
  • Discard cooking oil, clean the pan.
  • Heat the pan and add peanut. Stir fry over low-medium heat until peanut cooked. Remove from pan
  • Heat remaining oil in a pan.
  • Add shallot, stir fry over low heat for 2 minutes.
  • Add sugar, chilies powder and turmeric powder then cook for another minute or two.
  • Return anchovies and peanut to the pan and mix thoroughly.
  • Allow to cool before serving.

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