Healthy Eating

After fresh ideas for meals that are healthy but still pack a flavour punch? We've got salads and vegetable-packed bowls to soups and light desserts.

Subscribe to Gourmet

Subscribe to Australian Gourmet Traveller before 23rd August, 2017 and receive a free copy of The Cook’s Table by Stephanie Alexander!

Gourmet digital

Subscribe to Gourmet Traveller for your iPad or Android tablet.

Ikan bilis with peanuts


You'll need

180 gm (2 cups) ikan bilis (see note) Vegetable oil for deep-frying, plus 2 tbsp extra 140 gm (1 cup) raw peanuts 1 onion, coarsely chopped 2 long red chillies, coarsely chopped 2 tsp sugar

Method

  • 01
  • Preheat oven to 100C. Rinse ikan bilis under cold water, drain, spread on an oven tray and roast until dry and crisp (8-10 minutes).
  • 02
  • Preheat oil in a deep-fryer or deep-sided saucepan to 140C. Deep-fry ikan bilis in batches, stirring frequently, until crisp and golden (3-4 minutes). Drain on absorbent paper, set aside.
  • 03
  • Add peanuts to oil and cook until golden and crisp (4-5 minutes), drain on absorbent paper and set aside.
  • 04
  • Process onion and chilli in a food processor to a smooth paste. Heat extra oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat, add onion paste, stir occasionally until fragrant (4-5 minutes). Add ikan bilis, peanuts and sugar, season to taste with sea salt. Cook for another minute, cool to room temperature and serve.

Note Ikan bilis (dried anchovies) are available from Asian supermarkets. Use medium ikan bilis in this recipe.


"This immensely popular snack was served in many bars in Malaysia and Singapore on a complimentary basis until ikan bilis (dried anchovies) became too expensive. Nowadays, it is still offered in upmarket cocktail bars as a menu item. It's easy to make; some cooks add a splash of sambal, others sprinkle crisp shallots, and others scatter just salt and pepper."


At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people
GT
Signature Collection

Find out more about the Gourmet Traveller Signature Collection by Robert Gordon Australia, including where to buy it in store and online.

Read More
Recipe collections

Looking for ways to make the most out of seasonal produce? Want to find a recipe perfect for a party? Or just after fresh ideas for dessert? Either way, our recipe collections have you covered.

See more
2017 Restaurant Guide

Our 2017 Restaurant Guide is online, covering over 400 restaurants Australia wide. Never wonder where to dine again.

See more

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people

Featured in

Jan 2010

You might also like...

Malay-style beehoon noodles with John Dory

recipes

Malaysian chicken curry

Black pepper crab

recipes

Beef rendang

Tony Tan's Malaysian-style roast turkey with cucumber acar

recipes

Tony Tan: pineapple and rum glazed Christmas ham with tomato sambal

Rojak

recipes

conversion tool

 
get the latest news

Sign up to receive the latest food, travel and dining news direct from Gourmet Traveller headquarters.

×