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Fried Shallots and Shallot Oil

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Crispy fried shallots are great for flavouring and also as a garnish. Coating them with a bit of cornflour before frying makes them extremely crispy. This recipe holds some Asian kitchen secrets to making the crispiest fried shallots.

Total Time

Preparation 15 mins
Cooking 20 mins

Dish Type

Basics, Condiment

Alternate Names



Malaysian, Singaporean, Cantonese, Burmese, Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian


1⁄4 tsp salt
10 shallot(s)
2 tsp corn flour
200 ml oil

Nutrition per Serving


1235 kcal


103 g


90 g


15 g

Community Food Snaps

Boy loves it a lot. ;))
No buying fried shallots :)
Hi Grace! Here are the photos I shared on instagram which you suggested I share on the website. The fried shallots are so crispy & yummy!


Asian fried shallots are crispy, fragrant and delicious. If you have been purchasing fried shallots all these while, you no longer need to anymore. If you are looking for a guide on how to prepare the crispiest fried shallots, look no further. Crispy fried shallots are very easy to prepare especially if you closely follow the guide given. All the tips needed for a guaranteed successful result are listed here. Rest assured that no preservative is used at all.

Cut shallots evenly

Before frying the shallots, there are a few things to note in ensuring that they turn out crispy and delicious. Although the shallots must be cut into thin slices, they should not be sliced too thinly or they would burn very quickly. They should be cut into slices of roughly about 0.2 cm thick. The thickness of the shallot slices should also be uniformed. Otherwise, some may cook faster than the rest resulting in them being unevenly fried.

Soak shallots in salt water

Soak the sliced shallots in salt water to reduce the amount of moisture. By doing so, the fried shallots would turn out even crispier. However, it is advisable not to soak them for too long or they may lose their flavour. Lightly pat dry the shallots before frying to prevent the oil from splashing.

Sprinkle corn flour

Sprinkling some corn flour on the shallot slices before frying would also ensure that they turn out really crispy. It is highly recommended to fry the shallots in batches and to ensure that enough oil is used when frying them.

Usage of fried shallots

These golden and crispy shallots are added to rice, porridge, vegetables, soups and savoury dishes as garnishing. They are also used to add flavour to dishes.

Storage of fried shallots

Once the fried shallots are ready and had cooled to room temperature, store them in a bottle and placed it at a cool area. As mentioned in the video, they can be kept for up to a month.

Steps to Prepare

Fried Shallots and Shallot Oil Step 1

Step 1 of 2

  • 1⁄4 tsp salt
  • 10 shallot(s)
  • 2 tsp corn flour
  • water

Soak sliced shallots in salt water for 10 minutes. Lightly pat them dry using a kitchen towel. Sprinkle some cornflour on them and mix well.

Fried Shallots and Shallot Oil Step 2

Step 2 of 2

  • 200 ml oil

Heat up sufficient oil at medium heat to fry sliced shallots. Once the oil is heated, add some shallots but do not overcrowd the pan. Add a pinch of salt to the oil. Remove fried shallots once they are golden brown. Strain excess fried shallots from oil to obtain shallot oil.

Published: April 9, 2017

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