Garlic-Infused Fried Whitebait

Garlic-Infused Fried Whitebait


  • 454g Henderson white bait, thawed overnight in the fridge
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 200g flour
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for frying


  1. Peel the garlic and put in a food processor with 
  2. In a bowl, mix the flour and processed garlic
  3. Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat
  4. Pat the whitebait with a paper kitchen towel and coat in the garlic-infused flour, shaking off any excess.
  5. Fry the whitebait in the hot oil until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes on each side.
  6. Remove the whitebait from the pan and drain on paper towels.
  7. Serve the garlic-infused fried whitebait hot.


Make sure the oil is hot enough before adding the fish to ensure a crispy finish. Serve with mayonnaise. You can also make the recipe without garlic and serve it with an aoili sauce (make it by blitzing 2 garlic cloves with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and 3 tablespoon of mayonnaise, then salt to taste). 
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