Ukoy na Dilis

This ukoy na dilis is the third on our list of ukoy recipes but while the previous two use a variety of vegetables and shrimp, anchovies are the star in this latest version.

Although I go through the painstaking trouble of cleaning smelt fish when I prepare them deep-fried, dilis are far too small for their insides to leave a significant bitter taste. Besides, have you ever tried cleaning a hundred or so of this fish? Forget about it!

While togue and kalabasa ukoy are commonly served as a midday snack, ukoy na dilis is more of a viand.

Crunchy and flavorful, these fish fritters are best paired with pinakbet or ginisang munggo for a truly Pinoy dinner meal. 🙂

Ukoy na Dilis

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Author: Lalaine | Kawaling Pinoy
Recipe type: Main Entree
Cuisine: Filipino
Yield: 4 to 6 Servings
    • 1 egg, beaten
    • 1 cup cornstarch
    • ½ cup flour
    • 1 cup water
    • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • ½ teaspoon pepper
    • 2 shallots, peeled and sliced thinly
    • ½ cup green onions, chopped
    • 1 pound dilis, washed and drained well
    • oil
  1. In a large bowl, combine egg, cornstarch, flour, water, fish sauce, salt and pepper. Whisk together until well-blended and smooth.
  2. Add fish, shallots and green onions. Gently stir to combine.
  3. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat about 2-inch deep of oil to about 350 F. Using a large spoon, scoop about 2 to 3 tablespoons of the mixture and gently slide mixture into hot oil. Cook for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until golden brown and crisp. Do not overcrowd pan, cook in batches as necessary.
  4. Using a slotted spoon, remove from pan and drain on a wire rack set over a baking sheet. For best results, serve immediately.

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