Fried Whitebait

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Time 10 Minutes
  • 500g white bait (tiny fish)
  • 100g plain flour (all-purpose)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 500ml sunflower oil for frying
  • 1 lemon, cut into 4 wedges to serve

How to Make It
Step 1

Rinse the white bait fish, then use paper towel to pat dry.

Note: As the fish are so small, there is no need to clean or debone them.

Step 2

Mix the salt and flour well. Coat the white bait completely in the seasoned flour, shaking off any excess.

Step 3

Meanwhile place the sunflower oil in a deep-fryer or large heavy-based saucepan. Heat to a temperature of 180°C.

Tip: If you don’t have a thermometer, test the oil by dropping in a fish. It should sizzle and briefly sink to the bottom and then quickly rise to the top.

Step 4

Carefully fry the white bait, in batches, for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown and crisp. Use a slotted spoon to remove the fish from the oil and transfer to a plate lined with paper towel.

Tip: If you are making a lot of white bait, you may wish to keep them warm in a preheated oven until they are ready to be served.

Step 5

Sprinkle with extra salt, if required. Serve immediately with lemon wedges– buon appetito.


Easy and tasty!

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