White bait, Flathead fillet and spinach

White bait, Flathead fillet and spinach

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White bait, Flathead fillet and spinach

 

Ingredients:

Purchase some white bait and flathead fillets from your local fishmonger. Fresh white bait should still have firmness and not be too soft or squishy. Flathead fillets are a lovely soft white fleshed fish to use when feeding fussy kids.

1 bunch Fresh English Spinach

1 cup of either flour or almond meal (if you want to avoid gluten)

1 tablespoon olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Method:

Wash, then roughly chop the spinach and put into a steamer.

Generously coat a large pan with oil (extra-light olive oil is good) so that there is a 5mm layer over the bottom, and place it on the stove

When the pan has heated sufficiently to crisp and bubble a pinch of flour, place the flour/almond meal into a ziplock or other plastic bag along with some salt and pepper and put the fish into it, sealing the bag and shaking the contents until they are nicely coated. Don’t leave them in the bag too long or they will go sticky.

Remove fish from the bag and fry them in the pan, being careful not to put too many in at once. Turn them over when golden underneath. It should only take a few minutes to fry the fish to a golden colour, then remove and place them on some paper to drain off.

As the last batch of fish is set to fry, steam the spinach and then season with some freshly crushed garlic, olive oil and pepper.

Plate the fish, using the spinach as an accompaniment. Add a squeeze of lemon juice over the fish as a final enhancement and garnish with some parsley or sliced shallots.

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