Fried Sprats and Smelts

Fried Sprats and Smelts Recipe:

Make the batter as follows:

1. Blend the oil with 1/2pint lukewarm water

2. Sift the flour and salt into a bowl

3. Stir the oil mixture into the flour

4. Beat the batter until it is quite smooth

5. Just before using the batter, stiffly beat the egg and fold it into the batter

List of ingredients required:

1/2 lb smelts
1/2 lb sprats
1/2 lb prawns
Olive oil for deep frying

For the batter:

2 dessertspoons vegetable oil
4 oz plain flour
1 egg white


Parsley sprigs
lemon wedges

Continue with the recipe as follows:

6. Cut the heads off the smelts and sprats

7. Shell the prawns

8. Heat the oil to 375F (190C)

9. Dip the fish and the prawns in batter, one at a time using a perforated spoon

10. Hold them over the bowl for a moment to allow any excess batter to drip off

11. Fry the fish and prawns in batches in the hot oil for 5minutes until crisp and golden

12. Drain them on crumpled absorbent paper

13. Serve the fish on a heated dish with the sprigs of parsley and lemon wedges