Whitebait Fritters

One of our men manages the North Otago rugby team. He returned home from the West Coast with the Lochore Cup and a couple of bags of whitebait.

It’s wasted on me, but those who like it reckon the best way to cook it is to keep is simple.

Take a couple of eggs for each cup of whitebait.

Beat the eggs, stir in salt, ground black pepper and whitebait.

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Cook in a lightly greased frying pan or on a barbeque.

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Serve immediately with lemon.

Sagenz at No Minister reckons Whitebait Fritters are New Zealand’s quintessential dish.

He posted on that in response to Busted Blonde at Roarprawn who asked the question: what is our national dish?

2 Responses to Whitebait Fritters

  1. Steven says:

    Whitebait are the canneries of the waterways. New Zealand Whitebait are also an endangered species. We do all realize that, don’t we?


  2. John says:

    Yes, yes, simple is best. We lived near Karamea for a while and the local wisdom was you should not even rinse them: river, egg, fry, eat!


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