Drunken whitebait!

Now I think you’ll all agree, whitebait has to be one of the best drunk munchies…. Many a time have I gobbled up these fish looking into their toasted eyes, thinking how disgusting that is, but how great they taste too.

Now you cant get this everywhere, but it makes a great alternative to a greasy kebab or curry chips.

Here’s what you’ve got to do!


  • 500 g whitebait, you can get this from the supermarket or a local fish monger
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 lemon

For the mayonnaise

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 1 tea spoon mustard
  • 80ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of grated lemon
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp chopped dill
  • salt and pepper


  1. Make the mayonnaise by putting the egg yolk, garlic, salt and pepper and mustard into a mixing bowl.  Blend this together in a mixer until combined.
  2. Continue to mix in the blender and add the oil, drop by drop.  Be careful not to go too fast…  The mixture will begin to thicken and may go a bit lumpy.  Add the white wine vinegar at this stage and then add the remaining oil.  You can season more to taste.
  3. Add the chopped dill, lemon juice and grated lemon, and mix well together.
  4. After this is done, mix a teaspoon of salt in with the flour and put a pan on the hob over a medium heat.
  5. Dip the fish into the flour mixture and fry in batches in the pan for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Once all the fish are cooked, I like to serve with the mayonnaise and lemon wedges on the side to drizzle over the fish.