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Sweet an Spicy Dilis

Sweet and Spicy Dilis with it's sweet and spicy coating and crunchy anchovy will definitely tickle your taste buds! You can have it as an appetizer or just snack on them.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: anchovies, dilis, spicy, spicy dilis recipe, sweet
Servings: 4 people
Author: Bebs Lott


  • 2 cups dried anchovies dried dilis
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup chili powder or dried chili finely blended
  • 3 tbsp cooking oil


  • Place dried anchovies in a large bowl and set aside.
  • Heat water and sugar in a cooking pot over medium heat until sugar dissolves and water is reduced slightly.
  • Remove from heat and add chili powder. Stir to incorporate well.
  • Pour the chili mix gradually onto the anchovies in three batches. Mixing while pouring until anchovies are fully coated.
  • Heat oil in a frying pan and fry the coated anchovies for 2 to 3 minutes or until crunchy. NOTE: Make sure that the oil is really hot before frying the anchovies but avoid burning them.
  • Remove from heat and transfer on a plate. You can also let them cool and place in a container with lid for later consumption. Bon Appetit