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Balado Teri Kacang: Spicy Chinese silver fish with peanuts

Balado Teri Kacang: Spicy Chinese silver fish with peanuts

  • Author: Nunuk Sri Rahayu
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Fish & Seafood
  • Method: Pan Fry
  • Cuisine: Indonesian
  • Diet: Halal


An easy, tasty meal of dried fish fried with chilli paste and peanuts. Ideal when fresh fish isn’t available or if you want a quick source of protein. Super addictive if, like us, you’re a fan of Chinese silver fish.


  • 150 gr salted dried Chinese silver fish (whitebait).
  • 100 gr toasted peanuts.
  • 5 shallots, thinly sliced.
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 small tomatoes, chopped.
  • 5 big red chillies
  • 5 bird’s eye chillies (optional)
  • 5 tbs vegetable oil

    Balado Teri Kacang


  1. Deep fry the Chinese silver fish until golden. Set aside.
  2. Using a food processor or blender, blend the red chillies, bird’s eye chillies and garlic into coarse paste. Set aside.
  3. Using a food processor or blender, blend the tomatoes. Set aside.
  4. Heat the vegetable oil in a wok and fry the sliced shallots until almost golden, around 4 minutes.
  5. Add the coarse chilli paste from Step (2). Fry for about 3 minutes.
  6. Add the tomato paste from Step (3). Mix all the spices thoroughly.
  7. Cook until the liquid evaporates, leaving a nice oily sauce.
  8. Turn off the heat and then add the fried silver fish and roasted peanuts. Mix all the ingredients and then transfer it to a serving plate.


  • For larger types of salted fish, soak the fish in salt water or warm water for 10-15 minutes.

Keywords: Balado, Spicy, Silver Fish, Sambal