Stir-Fried Anchovy

by Holly

Stir-fried anchovy is a staple snack in Eastern Asia. Growing up in Taiwan, a tropical island off the coast of China, I love snacking on these crunchy stir-fried anchovies. I remember my mom used to make a whole batch and we would bring some to school to share with friends.

Anchovy Health Benefits

Anchovy is a type of small salt-water fish that is usually consumed whole. Despite its small size, it is a fatty fish that is loaded with brain-boosting EPA and DHA (the good oils).

Since everything in anchovy can be eaten, including the bones, it is extremely high in calcium. A 2 oz serving of anchovy offers a whopping 30% daily value of calcium!

Due to its brain-boosting and bone-building nutritional benefits, anchovy is often considered a holy grail snack for moms-to-be and young children.

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I source my dried anchovy from my local Chinese market, but it is also widely available in Japanese and Korean markets, and online.

What Does Stir-Fried Anchovy Taste Like?

Sweet and chewy without the “fishy” taste?

The dried anchovy is blanched and then stirred with caramelized sugar. All you need is 6 simple ingredients and 10 minutes. You can make a big batch and store it in a container for about a week.

My 3-year-old LOVES these stir-friend anchovies and currently being pregnant, it is my all-time go-to snack!

Ingredients

  • 2 oz dried anchovy
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoon rock sugar
  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • dash of vinegar
  • dash of sesame seeds
  • dash of white pepper

Instructions

  1. Bring a pot of water to boil
  2. Cook dried anchovy in boiling water for about 2 seconds, drain
  • 3. Transfer anchovy to a pan and cook on medium heat. Continue to stir the anchovy until you hear popping sounds
  • 4. Add sesame oil and white pepper to the anchovy

5. Transfer anchovy to another bowl

  1. 6. In the same pan, add the rock sugar and oil. Stir until dissolved, about 3 minutes
  1. 7. Add anchovy and mix
  1. 8. Add the vinegar and sesame, mix well
  1. 9. Chill and serve.
  2. 10. Store in an air-tight container in room temperature for up to 7 days

This stir-fried anchovy is a readily available snack that will be loved by everyone in your family. Since anchovy contains small fish bones, it is not recommended for babies younger than 2-years-old.

Also, dried anchovy is naturally salty so do not over-season with additional salt!

Stir-Fried Anchovy

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Serves: 4 Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 70 calories 1 gram fat
Rating: 5.0/5
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Ingredients

  • 2 oz dried anchovy
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoon rock sugar
  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • dash of vinegar
  • dash of sesame seeds
  • dash of white pepper

Instructions

  1. Bring a pot of water to boil
  2. Cook dried anchovy in boiling water for about 2 seconds, drain
  3. Transfer anchovy to a pan and cook on medium heat. Continue to stir the anchovy until you hear popping sounds
  4. Add sesame oil and white pepper to the anchovy
  5. Transfer anchovy to another bowl
  6. In the same pan, add the rock sugar and oil. Stir until dissolved, about 3 minutes
  7. Add anchovy and mix
  8. Add the vinegar and sesame, mix well
  9. Chill and serve
  10. Store in an air-tight container in room temperature for up to 7 days

Notes

This stir-fried anchovy is a readily available snack that will be loved by everyone in your family. Since anchovy contains small fish bones, it is not recommended for babies younger than 2-years-old. Also, dried anchovy is naturally salty so do not over-season with additional salt!

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