Chive and Lemon Whitebait Fritters Recipe

SpotX Wild Foods Recipe from Cascade Whitebait
Prep:15 minutes Cook:10 minutes Difficulty:1
  • ½ cup flour.
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder.
  • 1 egg.
  • ¼ cup chopped chives.
  • ½ cup milk.
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice.
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind.
  • 250 grams whitebait.
  • Salt and pepper.
  • 25 grams butter.
  • Mix together flour and baking powder. Make a well in the centre.
  • Beat egg and chives slowly into flour mix.
  • Add milk and mix to a smooth batter.
  • Add lemon juice, lemon rind, whitebait, salt and pepper.
  • Mix together gently.
  • Heat a frying pan, then add butter.
  • Fry ¼ cup of mixture at a time, turning to brown both sides.
  • Place on kitchen paper to drain.

Whitebait One of New Zealand’s true delicacies, whitebait’s subtle taste is hard to put into words, but the price it demands in the shops, topping $100 a kilo at times, is testimony to its popularity among gourmets.
There are some seven species of native fish whose larval phases are loosely called whitebait. During late winter and early spring, the dates determined by geographical location, whitebaiters head for the rivers, streams and coastal river mouths armed with a variety of nets to trap ‘bait.

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