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Learn how to make Asian-style crispy fried shallots on the stove or in the air fryer and shallot-infused oil. How To Make Asian Crispy Fried Shallots (Bawang Goreng) and Shallot Infused Oil Shallots are important ingredients in the Southeast Asia kitchen. They are called for in a lot of recipes if I can put it that way. They are used for stir-fry, stew, and as a topping. It’s one of my favorite condiments. We call shallots as “bawang merah” in Indonesia. In Indonesia, there are special shallots specifically used for making crispy fried shallots. They are much smaller in size and more intense in color, purplish red. The European version of shallots is longer and bigger and paler in color. shallots Fried shallots crisp or known as bawang goreng in Indonesia is a highly popular topping on dishes like noodles, curry, rice, salad, etc. I personally LOVE..LOVE fried shallots crisp. In fact, each time a family member comes to visit us, I always ask them to help me get fried shallots crisp from Indonesia. Fried shallots crisp is available here in the Asian grocery store too. My mom complained about it not being “original” enough 🙂 and I can’t blame her for that because if you eat the two side by side, you’ll know what I mean. How To Make Asian Crispy Fried Shallots (Bawang Goreng) and Shallot Infused Oil

How to make crispy fried shallots by deep-frying

1. Peel the shallots and then slice them thin enough, but not too thin and preferably cut in the same direction and the same thickness, about 1/16 inch (about 1.5 mm) so they will cook evenly

2. Toss the sliced shallots with vinegar and salt and let them sit for about 5 minutes. While waiting, preheat about one inch of oil over medium heat 3. Then rinse the shallots with water and drain off water. Just lightly pat with an absorbent paper towel. Add 1 teaspoon of salt and cornstarch and toss to combine

4. When you put a skewer into the oil, there should be bubbles around it. The oil is ready 5. Gently put the sliced shallots into the hot oil and lower the heat to medium-low and fry until they are just lightly golden brown. They won’t be crispy yet at this point. Don’t fry until they are golden brown because they will be too dark when we do the second frying. When they get too dark, the crispy shallots taste bitter 6. Remove with wire skimmer and place on absorbent paper towel

7. Let them cool down for about 10 minutes before frying for the second time 8. Bring the oil back to hot over medium heat. Test with a skewer again. This second frying will be a very quick one 9. Put the shallots back in again and fry for probably 30 seconds or so or until they are just golden brown. Don’t fry until they are too dark. Important tips: Please note that they won’t be crispy too at this point. So don’t try to fry until they are crispy. They crisp up after they have cooled down completely. 10. The oil that you use to fry the shallots is shallot oil. Transfer them into a heat-proof glass container. They can be kept at room temperature at a cool place 11. When they have cooled down completely, store them in a glass container if you have with a tight lid and I always store them in the refrigerator and they can be kept for months, but that never happens because we go over them too fast How To Make Asian Crispy Fried Shallots (Bawang Goreng) and Shallot Infused Oil

How to make crispy fried shallots with air fryer

1. After slicing the shallots, pat them dry with absorbent paper towel and toss with oil and salt Brush the basket of the air fryer with oil and put the shallots in, in batches. Lay them in a single layer as evenly as possible. 2. Air fry at 350 F (180 C) for 5 minutes and then give the basket a shake and continue in a 5-minute increment until they are golden brown and crispy. 3. The air fryer crispy shallots won’t have even color compared to the deep-fried version

This is the air-fryer crispy shallots

How To Make Asian Crispy Fried Shallots (Bawang Goreng) and Shallot Infused Oil

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How To Make Asian Crispy Fried Shallots (Bawang Goreng) and Shallot Infused Oil

How To Make Asian Crispy Fried Shallots (Bawang Goreng)

Servings 20 servings ( 2 teaspoons each)

Ingredients  

To prepare the shallots:

  • 250 gr shallots
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt

To fry the shallots:

  • 4 tsp cornstarch
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup Oil or more as needed, for deep-frying and for shallot oil

To air-fry the shallots:

  • 1 tsp oil
  • ½ tsp salt

Instructions 

  • Peel the shallots and then slice them thin enough, but not too thin and preferably cut in the same direction and the same thickness, about 1/16 inch (about 1.5 mm) so they will cook evenly. Use a mandolin slicer if you have one. You will have evenly sliced shallots

How to fry crispy shallots on the stove:

  • Toss the sliced shallots with vinegar and salt and let them sit for about 5 minutes. While waiting, preheat 1 cup of oil over medium heat in a heavy-bottom pan or pot. Then rinse the shallots with water and drain off water. Just lightly pat with an absorbent paper towel. Add 1 teaspoon of salt and cornstarch and toss to combine

First frying:

  • When you put a skewer into the oil, there should be bubbles around it. The oil is ready. Gently put the sliced shallots into the hot oil and lower the heat to medium-low and fry until they are just lightly golden brown. They won't be crispy yet at this point. Don't fry until they are golden brown because they will be too dark when we do the second frying. When they get too dark, the crispy shallots taste bitter. Remove with wire skimmer and place on absorbent paper towel

  • Let them cool down for about 10 minutes before frying for the second time

Second frying:

  • Bring the oil back to hot over medium heat. Test with a skewer again. This second frying will be a very quick one. Put the shallots back in again and fry for probably 30 seconds or so or until they are just golden brown. Don't fry until they are too dark. Important tips: Please note that they won't be crispy too at this point. So don't try to fry until they are crispy. They crisp up after they have cooled down completely.

How to air-fry crispy shallots:

  • After slicing the shallots, pat them dry with absorbent paper towel and toss with oil and salt

  • Brush the basket of the air fryer with oil and put the shallots in, in batches. Lay them in a single layer as evenly as possible. Air fry at 350 F (180 C) for 5 minutes and then give the basket a shake and continue in a 5-minute increment until they are golden brown and crispy. The air fryer crispy shallots won't have even color compared to the deep-fried version

Store (whether you deep fry or air fry):

  • When they have cooled down completely, store them in a glass container if you have with a tight lid and I always store them in the refrigerator and they can be kept for months, but that never happens because we go over them too fast 🙂

Shallot-infused oil (only if you fry the shallots)

  • The oil that you use to fry the shallots is your shallot-infused oil. Transfer them into a heat-proof glass container. They can be kept at room temperature at a cool place. If you air fry the shallots, then you won't have any shallot oil

Nutrition

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How To Make Asian Crispy Fried Shallots (Bawang Goreng)

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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Marvellina

Marvellina is a food blogger, recipe developer, photographer, and publisher at What To Cook Today. A food blog that brings you tried and true Asian recipes.