Fried Anchovies with Onions

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.

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Preparation 10 mins
Cooking 15 mins


Dried Anchovies Easy Recipe


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Nutrition per Serving

217 kcal
9 g
17 g
9 g

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
fresh chilli (red)

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 fresh chilli (red)

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

Published: September 26, 2015

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