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Deep Fried Whitebait

ingredients

serves 4
8-10 oz (250-300g) whitebait
a little milk
1/3 cup (50 g) plain flour (All purpose)
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
Sunflower oil for deep-frying
1 lemon, quartered, to garnish
Thinly sliced brown bread to serve

method

1. Wash the whitebait and pat dry with kitchen paper.

2. Dip the fish into the milk, then gently shake them in a polythene bag containing the flour and cayenne pepper.

3. Heat about 3 in (7.5cm) sunflower oil in a wok or deep pan and fry the whitebait in small batches.

4. They take only 30 to 45 seconds to cook to crispy perfection.

5. Keep the cooked batches on a warm plate spread with kitchen paper to drain the fish until all are cooked, then serve straight away with lemon quarters and brown bread.

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