Saturday, March 17, 2012

Whitebait Fritters

While in New Zealand I got this amazing fresh Whitebait. Whitebait are tiny little fish, no really white, but see through and when they are cooked they turn white. They are best bought in season, but are available all year round, but only frozen. I tried out different Whitebait, from New Zealand and from China and have to say that there is nothing better than fresh one.
I like to prepare them as Fritters, even so Fritters are actually more little omelets. The taste is absolutely beautiful and here the locals serve it as Whitebait sandwich, which is simply the Whitebait omelet put between two freshly baked white bread slices. So simple and so delicious.
I like to serve the omelet with a fresh summer salad, loads of herbs to give it some extra color. It is then good as well for a Gluten free diet, which is especially nice
Here is the Recipe good enough for 8 friends as a light snack or starter

150 g (5 oz) Whitebait
5 ea Eggs

Assorted Lettuce Leaves
Edible Flowers
16 ea slices of white bread

Sherry Vinegar
Beat the eggs, season and add the white bait, let it stand for a little while
Heat the oil and fry small omelets, the size of pan cakes, golden brown on each side
Dress the salad leaves nicely on a plate, and then with two slices of bread make a sandwich with the hot whitebait omelet.


  1. Hahaha that is just brilliant. It reminds me of the time we had those freshly made whitebait sandwiches at the side of the road in New Zealand. It was such a treat!

  2. This is good especially with fried/garlic rice :)

  3. Mmmmm, I love fried garlic rice, will try that out

  4. Hi there, this is a really nice post about fish/seafood. It would be great if you linked to it in my Food on Friday series. This week it is about all things fishy and seafoody. Food on Friday

  5. 250 g is 1/2lb which is 8oz. hey, very nice


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