Five Spice Dusted Whitebait
crispy whitebait

Five Spice Dusted Whitebait

Total time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
crispy whitebait

🇪🇸 En español: Morral espolvoreado con cinco especias

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These delicious little whitebait deep fried in a spicy crispy coating make a great starter or tapas dish.

For another fish tapa try the sardines.

crispy whitebait

Five Spice Dusted Whitebait

Crispy whitebait deep fried with a spicy coating
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Course: Starter, Tapas
Cuisine: 🇪🇸 Spanish
Keyword: fish, starter, tapas
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 144kcal
Author: Richard


  • ½ stick cinnamon
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 2 star anise
  • ½ tsp whole cloves
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp Freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 eggs medium, free-range, beaten
  • 100 g plain flour for dusting
  • Vegetable oil for deep-frying
  • 35-40 whitebait

To Serve:

  • Alioli
  • Lemon wedges


  • Toast the spices and pepper in a dry frying pan over a medium heat until fragrant. Remove, add the salt, and whizz in a spice grinder or grind using a pestle and mortar. Pass through a fine sieve into a shallow dish. Place the beaten eggs and flour in separate shallow dishes.
  • Fill a saucepan a third full with vegetable oil and heat to 180°C or until a small cube of bread turns golden brown within 1 minute. Dip the whitebait into the flour, then the egg mix, then into the spice mix. Carefully put the whitebait into the hot oil, and cook in batches for about 1-2 minutes, until browned. Remove and drain on kitchen paper. Serve with some aïoli and some lemon wedges.


Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g

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