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Fish cracker

For the Southeast Asian cracker, see Krupuk.
Fish cracker
Fish crackers
Course Snack
Place of origin Indonesia and Malaysia
Region or state Southeast Asia and East Asia
Creator Traditional food
Serving temperature Room temperature
Main ingredients Fish, tapioca starch, spices and otheringredients
Variations Different variations according to ingredients
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Fish crackers are deep fried crackers made from fish and spices that serve as flavouring. The crackers also mixed with tapioca flour and/or sago flour as the main ingredients and the salt, sugar and MSG as seasonings.[1] Fish crackers can be found in Southeast Asia and East Asia, however they are more varied and commonly found in Indonesia and Malaysia.


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Bags of fish cracker sold in Surabaya.


Next to krupuk udang (prawn cracker ), krupuk ikan (fish cracker) is also a favourite snack, as both are popular krupuk types known in Indonesia. Tenggiri (wahoo) and cakalang (skipjack tuna) probably are the most popular fish used for fish crackers. Nevertheless any other edible fishes, such as bawal (pomfret) and ekor kuning (Caesionidae) might also be used.

Some coastal fishing towns and cities in Indonesia has developed their own recipes and types. Kemplang for example is associated with Sothern Sumatra region, from Lampung, Palembang, to Bangka island. While amplang is associated with coastal Borneo, from Samarinda, Balikpapan, Banjarmasin, to Pontianak. In Palembang, fish crackers are usually eaten with pempek fish cake in kuah cuko or sweet, spicy and sour vinegar based sauce.

Coastal fishing towns are traditionally known as the production centers of fish crackers. In Indonesia, fish cracker are produced in Bangka and Belitung island, Cirebon in West Java, Juwana in Central Java, and Sidoarjo in East Java.[2] Major coastal cities such as Palembang, Bandar Lampung, Medan, Makassar, Pontianak and Samarinda are also a major production centers.


It is a favourite snack for Malaysian and its neighbouring countries and there are several fish cracker producers that are operating in the coastal areas of Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Johor, Kedah, Sabah and Sarawak.[1][3] The types of fish that normally used to process these fish crackers are the Wolf herring (Ikan parang), Sardines (Ikan tamban), Round scad (Ikan selayang), Threadfin bream (Ikan kerisi), Ox-eyed scad (Ikan lolong bara), Goatfish (Ikan biji nangka), Lizard fish (Ikan conor) and many others.[1]

Historically, Mukah town in Sarawak is known as a fishing town for the making of fish cracker.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Fish Crackers". Department of Fisheries, Malaysia. Archived from the original on 16 August 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Sidoarjo Cracker Industry". 4 November 2010. Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  3. ^ nana (7 May 2010). "Amplang Crackers". Tourism Malaysia Blog. Archived from the original on 16 August 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Pat Foh Chang (1999). Legends and history of Sarawak. Chang Pat Foh. ISBN 978-983-9475-07-4. 

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