Fried Ikan Bilis and Peanuts

I received a jar of sambal chilli over the holidays from my friend Sheong. For many week’s I’ve been thinking how best to enjoy this prized possesion. What else? its Nasi Lemak! I haven’t been cooking much since moving to Scottsdale. This jar of sambal really came in handy. Whipping up Sambal Ikan Bilis couldn’t be easier with this ready-made chilli sauce.


  • 4 oz ikan bilis, rinse and air dried
  • 5 oz raw peanuts, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp sambal chilli, adjust amount to taste
  • Oil for deep frying


  1. Heat enough oil in a skillet over medium low heat and stir fry the peanuts until brown and crispy. About 5 minutes. Remove peanuts from oil and drain on paper towel. Sprinkle salt over the peanuts. Toss until evenly coated.
  2. Heat oil again over medium low heat, Add the air-dried ikan bilis and stir fry until crispy. Remove from oil and drain on paper towel as well.
  3. Remove oil from skillet. Heat 4 Tbsp sugar in skillet until melted and add sambal, ikan bilis and peanuts into the melted sugar. Toss until evenly coated.
  4. Spread mixture out on a tray to cool completely.
  5. Serve with other sides for Nasi Lemak.
  6. Store leftover ikan bilis in an air tight container in the refrigerator.

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