I always have Crispy Fried Shallots in my pantry. Sometimes referred to as Crispy Asian shallots, they’re salty, oily, crunchy, cheap, and a frequent player in my Asian recipes. So this is a little “about” page in case you’re new to it!
What are Crispy Fried Shallots?
Crispy Fried Shallots – or Crispy Asian Shallots – are a heavily used pantry staple in my world. It’s a store bought Asian garnish that’s widely available these days in the Asian aisle of grocery stores, but cheaper in Asian stores (~ half price!).
I use it frequently as a garnish in all things Asian, from soups to salads, poke bowls to curries. Instant crunch and salt!
What they are – It’s simply slices of eschallots – called shallots in the US (hence the product name) – which are fried until crispy then seasoned with salt.
It comes in jars and packets – here’s a common brand at large grocery stores in Australia.
Here’s another common brand you find at grocery stores:
What I use them for
Think of Crispy Fried Shallots as the Asian equivalent of croutons. They add crunch, pops of salt and make everything better!
I use it regularly because it’s an effortless way to finish a dish, adding texture and extra flavour simply by opening a jar. Sometimes I use a little sprinkle if it’s just adding a little extra to a dish. Other times, I will be extremely generous. Just sprinkle until you’re happy!
Here’s some examples of the variety of dishes I use it in. This is a Spicy Asian Zucchini finished with a good shower of Crispy Fried Shallots.
And one more example – a quick and easy Chinese Rice Soup!
Anyway, there you have it. I use it so frequently I found myself writing the same thing over and over in recipes. So I decided it might be handy to do a little About post I could link to.
Hope you found it useful! – Nagi x
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