Sweet & Spicy Dilis (Anchovies)

Sweet & Spicy Dilis (Anchovies)

Dilis are small, but terribly delicious. Typically, you can have it tossed and it’s ready. But this sweet & spicy dilis recipe created a little twist. It would only take few minutes to prepare. Very easy and stress-free.

Adding some sweetness and spice to dilis makes it one great appetizer. You can eat this with rice or it’s a perfect pair for an iced cold beer or gin. You’re all set!

Check out how to cook sweet & spicy dilis here:


1 cup dried dilis (anchovies)
1 tablespoon chili flakes (dried)
1 tablespoon fresh chili (chopped)
1/2 cup honey
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon vinegar


1. Heat oil in the pan.
2. Cook dilis until it turns golden brown.

Sweet & Spicy Dilis (Anchovies)
3. Set aside.
4. On the same pan, put in the sugar, honey, chili and a tablespoon of water. Stir constantly until it caramelized.
5. Add in the cooked dilis and cook for another 5 minutes.

Ready. Serve and enjoy!

Note from Delish:

Dilis is one staple food in the Philippines. You can buy it almost anywhere. This recipe is also quite common, since this is often considered “pulutan”, which works perfectly with a bottle of beer.

Unlike the other sweet and spicy dilis recipes, I made this simpler. I used honey, sugar and fresh chili to get that sweet and spicy flavor. Simple and easy as that!

And remember, dilis is a good source of calcium, protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Such a healthy yet cheap food to eat.

If you have any questions, feel free to drop me a message. I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

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