Fried Anchovies with Onions

4.88 stars

Crispy fried anchovies with caramelized onions that stir up the appetite served as a side dish or as a simple bar snack. As a perfect Asian tapas recipe, this fried anchovies snack takes no longer than 15 minutes to prepare.

Preparation 10 mins
Cooking 15 mins


Dried Anchovies Easy Recipe


Nutrition per Serving

217 kcal
9 g
17 g
9 g

May 17th, 20 - porridge Sunday with yummy fried anchovies. I always added potatoes into this dish. Hahaha.
Date: 4 Dec 2019 (Wed)
2nd Appetizer: Fried Anchovies with Onions (1st Remake) [Score: 7.5]
Date: 24 Oct 2019 (Thu)
2nd Appetizer: Fried Anchovies with Onions [77] [101.3%] [Score: 4.0]
Author: Nyonya Cooking [Grace Teo]
Cuisine: Malaysian 
Dish Type: Side

Quite a disappointment, the anchovies weren’t crispy :(. I’ve slightly overcooked the anchovies under medium-low heat. Removed from heat. Cooked the onions then put in the fried anchovies and chilies. The anchovies weren’t crispy after that. Any idea, Grace? Thank you.
;))) it is yummy. Today, make again.
Oppppss .. forgot to post. 2nd time .. Yumm

Often served as a side dish with porridge or rice, I would gleefully enjoy sampling a spoonful or two before mealtime as it was too hard to resist. The fried anchovies are slightly salty with a tinge of spiciness from the fresh chilies. This brings up the delectable flavour that would surely appeal to your taste buds. It is very simple to prepare and almost impossible to mess up even if you are a newbie.

This is now my to-go dish at home. Having this together with a fried egg, I would happily gobble my rice heartily till the last grain. I realized that this dish is great as an appetizer just before a delicious meal. As it perks up the appetite, guests would expectantly be craving for the next dish. If you are planning to have something light to go with beers, this is a good choice. Just ensure that the beers are chilled, though.


50 g
dried anchovies
2 tbsp
yellow onion(s)
1 tbsp
soy sauce
1 tbsp
chilli peppers (fresh)

Steps to Prepare

Fried Anchovies with Onions Step 1

Step 1 of 3

    • 50 g dried anchovies
    • 1 1⁄2 tbsp oil

Rinse dried anchovies and pat dry with paper towel. Stir-fry anchovies until golden brown and set aside.

Fried Anchovies with Onions Step 2

Step 2 of 3

    • 1⁄2 tbsp oil
    • 1 yellow onion(s)
    • 1 tbsp soy sauce
    • 1 tbsp water

With a bit of oil, cook onions until soft. Then, add soy sauce and water. Give it a quick stir till mixture is almost dry. Turn off the stove.

Fried Anchovies with Onions Step 3

Step 3 of 3

    • 1 chilli peppers (fresh)

Add fried anchovies and chilli slices. Mix well and enjoy the dish with rice or bread.

Published: September 26, 2015

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