Classic Kiwi whitebait fritters

Perfect a Kiwi classic with this recipe for whitebait fritters. Serve with a squeeze of lemon juice and thick slices of white bread smothered in plenty of butter

  • 10 mins preparation
  • 15 mins cooking
  • Serves 2
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  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup whitebait
  • canola or vegetable oil for frying
  • lemon wedges, Worcestershire sauce, bread to serve


  • 1
    Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl.
  • 2
    In another bowl, separate the egg, then mix the egg yolk and milk together. Add to flour mixture, combining until smooth.
  • 3
    In a separate bowl, whisk egg white until stiff peaks form, then fold into mixture. Drain whitebait well and add to mixture.
  • 4
    Heat oil in a frying pan. Add dollops of fritter mixture and cook until golden on both sides.
  • 5
    Allow fritters to drain on a paper towel, then serve with lemon wedges, sauce, bread and butter, if desired.