Fried Ikan Bilis / Anchovies in microwave (3 minutes)

Quick Cook: quick and fresh meals in minutesWe think that every household should have a bottle of fried ikan bilis (anchovies) at all time.
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They are essential for nasi lemak and make great addition for congee, green vegetables and instant noodles. You can even eat it on its own- like fish crackers.

Fried Ikan Bilis - JewelPie

We didn’t like how time consuming it normally is to make these crunchy snack. We also hated the hassle of washing the wok and cleaning up splattered oil. So we came up with a few tips and tricks to make frying these little fishes a breeze:

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1. Buy peeled ikan bilis to save time from cleaning it.
2. Use the microwave instead of frying it over the stove.
3. Put a cover over the bowl of ikan bilis when cooking in the microwave to prevent dirtying it.

Fried Ikan Bilis - JewelPie


> Anchovies / Ikan bilis (peeled and washed)
> Vegetable oil
> Bowl
> Paper napkins
> Plate


Fried Ikan Bilis - JewelPie(1) Pour vegetable oil into a bowl of washed and peeled anchovies. The oil should just cover the anchovies. (2) Pop it in the microwave for about 2 minutes and 30 seconds. This depends a lot on your microwave. (3) Dish out the anchovies into paper napkins. (4) Let it cool for about two minute and then (2) transfer it into an air-tight container.

Now you can enjoy your homemade ikan bilis anytime!

Fried Ikan Bilis - JewelPie

Fried Ikan Bilis - JewelPie

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15 Responses to “Fried Ikan Bilis / Anchovies in microwave (3 minutes)”

  1. Emmanuel
    April 8, 2013 at 9:07 pm #

    Yes it worked very well!
    Thanks for the guide.
    Frying Ikan bilis to perfection at only a touch of microwave..which I would otherwise fail when i tried the usual frying
    Couldn’t thank you enough.

  2. Sara
    April 9, 2013 at 7:41 am #

    You’re welcome. Glad to know! :)

  3. Yvonne
    October 26, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

    Thank you for sharing this really convenient method!

  4. Sara
    October 27, 2013 at 5:26 pm #

    You’re welcome, Yvonne! Do you have any kitchen tricks to share?

  5. azalanrahamat
    December 10, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

    Umm, to which level should the microwave be set? It got high, medium etc. What level to use?

    2. Umm, should the ikan bilis after wash to be dried completely or can it put into the oil straight away? Appreciate it, Tq.

  6. Sara
    December 10, 2013 at 11:59 pm #

    1. Try medium for a minute first.

    2. You can put it straight away.

    Let us know how it turns out! :)

  7. angel
    February 26, 2014 at 2:47 pm #

    can i know which microwave are you using…?
    u can bake with it…?


  8. Sara
    February 26, 2014 at 9:21 pm #

    Ours is a basic microwave so we can’t bake with it. But any microwave can make fried ikan bilis :)

  9. Arejay47
    May 3, 2014 at 3:43 pm #

    When I lived in Penang we used to go to the food courts and they used to serve up Ikan Bilis with chilli Vinegar in small bowls and was moorish as Peanuts and hard to leave alone. In fact in my Adelaide kitchen I am soaking a packet in water before doing them some justice.

  10. Sara
    May 7, 2014 at 2:50 pm #

    Ikan bilis with chilli vinegar sounds delicious! Any photos?


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