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Crispy Baked Ikan Bilis

Crispy Baked Ikan Bilis

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These crispy ikan bilis (anchovies) make a great snack on their own and can be used as a savoury topping for many Chinese dishes. If you can’t use them up, pulse them in an electric grinder to make ikan bilis powder which is a great seasoning powder and condiment.

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The typical way of making crispy ikan bilis is by deep-frying them in hot oil, but nowadays I avoided deep-frying unless there is absolutely no other way of substitution. The oven-baked version is oil-free and healthier, and I don’t have to worry about oil splatters as well. Bottle them in air-tight containers and store in a cool, dry place.

Crispy Baked Anchovies (Step-by-Step Photos)
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Rinsing Anchovies
First, rinse the ikan bilis (anchovies) in a few changes of water depending on the saltiness of your ikan bilis (typically I recommend two changes of water; however, do not over-rinse or the ikan bilis may taste bland).

Oven Tray of Ikan Bilis
After rinsing the ikan bilis, pat dry on paper towels and arrange them one flat layer on a baking tray. For best results, allow to air dry first before baking in the oven.

Baking Anchovies
Bake the ikan bilis in the oven for about 10 – 15 minutes, until they have just turned a light brown shade (see above). Use a spatula to stir and spread them evenly.

Crispy Baked Anchovies
Return to oven and continue baking for another 10 minutes, or until the ikan bilis turn a shade of golden brown, as seen in the photo above.

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23 Responses to “Crispy Baked Ikan Bilis”

  1. Daniella — December 28, 2014 @ 12:52 am

    At what temperature should it be baked at? :)

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  2. Sumaiyah — December 29, 2014 @ 10:07 am

    Thanks for the great tip. I can imagine the smell of ikan bilis will be lasting in the oven after baking it. How do you get rid of the smell? I wouldn’t want the cakes and cookies to smell ikan bilis;)

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  3. Yiyi — July 26, 2015 @ 12:46 pm

    May I know how long can the Ikan bilis keep?

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    • wiffy replied: — July 28th, 2015 @ 3:23 pm

      a couple weeks in the fridge sealed in a container. You can also freeze them in a sealed container, need to re-toast in oven as needed.

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