Devilled Whitebait

1 ½ pounds whitebait
Ice cubes
Flour
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Lard, for frying
Cayenne pepper
Lemon wedges

Put whitebait to firm in a shallow bowl with ice cubes and a little water. Just before frying, spread fish on a clean tea cloth to dry. Place on paper liberally dusted with well-seasoned flour and dredge with more flour; place in a wire basket, a portion at a time, and shake off surplus flour. Then plunge the basket into very hot lard and fry quickly for 3 to 5 minutes, shaking basket continually to keep fish apart while cooking. Lift basket from fat and shake well before transferring fish to paper towels to drain. Place whitebait on a heated serving dish in a warm oven and repeat until all the whitebait are fried. Season with freshly ground black pepper and cayenne, and serve with lemon wedges. Serves 4 to 6.


Thomas Nelson & Sons Ltd., 36 Park Stree, London W1 © Robert Carrier, 1968

2 thoughts on “Devilled Whitebait

  1. Chris Mergener

    I love seeing what vintage recipe is coming next. Some are just horrible! (I hope that I am not offending anyone) This one looks like a bunch of huge white grubs! I can’t imagine how someone could put this stuff together and serve it for a meal. I do like the jello recipes -brings some memories back of when I was growing up. Thank you for your work on this website.

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