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Flathead Fillets in Beer Batter

Deep-Frying

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Deep-frying, when done properly, is a great way to cook seafood. It’s fast, cooking most foods in less than 5 minutes, it quickly seals the food’s surface, locking in flavour and moisture and it adds appealing crunch, colour and aroma. Sauces, such as tartare or mayonnaise, provide a delicious accompaniment, adding a contrasting moistness to the crisp fish. For chips, it’s hard to go past frozen French fries - they give such good, consistent results that even most chefs use them.

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Serves 6

Vegetable oil, for deep-frying
1.2kg flathead fillets, skin off, bones removed
Plain flour, for coating
Lemon wedges, for serving

Tartare Sauce
1 cup whole-egg mayonnaise (see notes)
¼ cup cornichons, finely chopped (see notes)
2 teaspoons capers in brine, rinsed, dried and finely chopped
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Beer Batter
1½ cups plain flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
375ml cold beer

Make Tartare Sauce: combine all ingredients in a bowl; cover and refrigerate until needed. 

Make Beer Batter: sift flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl, mixing well. Gradually whisk in beer until the batter reaches the consistency of thickened cream (you may not need to use all of it).

Heat oil in a wok or deep-fryer to 180°C.

Pat fillets dry with paper towel, dust lightly in flour and dip into Beer Batter. Drain off excess batter. Lower carefully into hot oil, in batches, and deep-fry for 3-5 minutes, until golden brown. Drain on paper towel.

Serve with Tartare Sauce and lemon wedges.

Notes:

If you don’t want to make your own mayonnaise, use one made from whole eggs. Cornichons, small pickled gherkins, are available from good delicatessens, use gherkins if they are unavailable.

 
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