Kōrero: Seafood



There is no waste when you eat these tiny whitebait. Dozens of the tiny fish – 3 centimetres long – are eaten whole, usually in a fritter.

This recipe comes from David Burton’s 200 years of New Zealand food and cooking.

Whitebait fritters (makes 9–10)

225 g whitebait
1 tablespoon flour
2 eggs
salt and pepper
butter for frying

Mix together flour, eggs, salt and pepper.
Add whitebait and stir in gently.
Drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto a hot buttered pan.
When whitebait start to turn milky white (after about one minute), turn the fritter and cook the other side for one minute.

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Department of Conservation
Reference: 10054033
Photograph by Philippe Gerbeaux

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Maggy Wassilieff, 'Seafood - Favourite Kiwi fare', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/5100/whitebait (accessed 2 July 2020)

He kōrero nā Maggy Wassilieff, i tāngia i te 12 Jun 2006