Chilli Salt Whitebait
5 tblspns plain flour
1 tblspn chilli powder
1 tspn ground black pepper
1 tblspn onion powder
1 tblspn garlic powder
1 tblspn ground sea salt
vegetable oil for frying
Mix flour and spices and set aside. This recipe makes more seasoned flour than needed but it keeps indefinitely in an airtight container.
Heat 3-4 cm of vegetable oil in a saucepan or wok over medium heat.
Toss whitebait in the flour mixture until lightly coated, then fry in small batches until the flour crust and fish are crisp - about 2-3 minutes.
Drain and then garnish with coriander and serve with chilli sauce or aoli.