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Crispy Air Fried Ikan Bilis

Find out the little tricks to get golden, crunchy ikan bilis in the Air Fryer!


  • Ikan bilis Rinsed and dried well (see notes)
  • 1-2 tbsp oil Depending on how much ikan bilis you have


  • Pre-heat Air Fryer at 180C for 5 mins.
  • Rinse ikan bilis and dry well. Place in bowl and add oil. Use your fingers to coat the ikan bilis well in the oil.
  • Air Fry ikan bilis in two batches so as to not overcrowd the tray/basket. Lay them in one layer. Set timer for 4-5 mins. Shake the basket in between.
  • Remove and let to cool completely. It will continue to crisp up once cooling.


My tips for getting golden, crunchy ikan bilis:
  • Pre-heat the Air Fryer.
  • You have to dry the ikan bilis well. Use a tea towel to pat dry after rinsing and leave them for a bit more to dry off after.
  • Coat the ikan bilis well in oil.
  • It's important to lay them in one layer so the air can circulate around and crisp them up. Don't pile the ikan bilis on top of each other in the tray/basket.
  • Let them cool completely (they will continue to crisp up) and store in an air tight container.