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Fried Shallots and Shallot Oil

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Crispy fried shallots are great a garnish or for flavouring. A little cornflour to coat the shallots will make extremely crispy. Here are some other Asian kitchen secrets to making the best 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


Asian fried shallots are crispy, fragrant and delicious. If you are looking for a guide on how to prepare the crispiest fried shallots, I have listed all the tips here for a guaranteed successful result. Crispy fried shallots are very easy to prepare especially if you closely follow the tips given. If you have been purchasing fried shallots all these while, you no longer need to anymore. Moreover, your mind will be at peace knowing that there is no preservative at all.

Cut shallots evenly

Before frying the shallots, there are a few things to note in ensuring the crispiest and most delicious fried shallots. Shallots must be cut into thin slices but not too thin or they would burn very quickly and would not be flavourful. If you want to be very precise, the shallots should be cut into slices of about 0.2 cm thick. The thickness of the shallot slices should also be uniformed. Otherwise, some of the shallots slices may cook faster than the rest resulting in a batch of uneven fried shallots.

Soak shallots in salt water

Sliced shallots must be soaked in salt water to reduce the amount of moisture in the shallots. By doing so, the fried shallots would be even crispier. However, it is advisable not to soak the shallots for too long or they may lose their flavour. To prevent the oil from splashing, lightly pat dry the shallots before frying.

Sprinkle corn flour

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

How to use fried shallots

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

How to store fried shallots

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

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!

How 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 dry the shallots using a kitchen towel. Sprinkle some corn flour on sliced shallots and mix well.

Fried Shallots and Shallot Oil Step 2

Step 2 of 2

  • 200 ml oil

Heat up sufficient oil to fry sliced shallots over medium heat. Once the oil is heated, add some shallots into the oil 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