Crispy Whitebait “Fries”

Whitebait are very small fish also called spearing. They are about 2 to 3 inches long and require no cleaning of any kind. Look for them in the spring.

Serves: 2Hands-on: 10 minutesTotal: 30 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 2 cups peanut oil
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 lb. whitebait, rinsed in cold water and patted dry
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed into a paste
  • 3 Tbsp. lemon juice

Directions

  • Heat oil in a large pot to 375°F. Place flour in one bowl, egg in another, and breadcrumbs in a third.
  • Season the fish with salt and pepper. Dredge the fish very thoroughly in the flour and shake off any excess flour. Move to the egg and then the breadcrumbs.
  • Fry the fish in 3 batches. (This keeps the oil from cooling down too much.) When the fish are golden and float to the surface, they are done (about 1 minute). Drain on paper towels.
  • Mix together the mayonnaise, garlic, and lemon juice. Serve dip with the fish.

Recipe Information

Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 2 cups peanut oil
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 lb. whitebait, rinsed in cold water and patted dry
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed into a paste
  • 3 Tbsp. lemon juice

Directions

  • Heat oil in a large pot to 375°F. Place flour in one bowl, egg in another, and breadcrumbs in a third.
  • Season the fish with salt and pepper. Dredge the fish very thoroughly in the flour and shake off any excess flour. Move to the egg and then the breadcrumbs.
  • Fry the fish in 3 batches. (This keeps the oil from cooling down too much.) When the fish are golden and float to the surface, they are done (about 1 minute). Drain on paper towels.
  • Mix together the mayonnaise, garlic, and lemon juice. Serve dip with the fish.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information
Amount per serving
Calories660
Total Fat26g
Saturated Fat4.5g
Cholesterol235mg
Sodium1350mg
Total Carbohydrate50g
Dietary Fiber3g
Sugars8g
Protein56g