Deep fried whitebait with artichoke and white bean dip

  • serves 4 as a starter
  • A little effort

This recipe for deep fried whitebait with artichoke and white bean dip is great to serve as a starter or a snack alongside drinks



  • plain flour 200g
  • smoked paprika 2 tsp, plus a pinch
  • whitebait 1 kg
  • vegetable oil for deep frying
  • butter beans 400g tin
  • artichoke hearts in olive oil 280g jar
  • garlic 2-3 cloves
  • olive oil 3 tbsp


  • Step 1

    Drain and rinse the butter beans and use a slotted spoon to remove the artichoke hearts from the jar, keeping the oil. Put all of the ingredients into a blender along with 3 tbsp of the reserved artichoke oil, and blend until smooth. Serve with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkling of paprika over the top of the dip.

  • Step 2

    Combine the flour, a good pinch of salt and pepper and the paprika in a bowl and gently toss the whitebait in the mixture so that they’re all well coated.

  • Step 3

    Heat the oil in a pan, no more than 1/3 full, to 190C or until a cube of bread browns in 20 seconds. Using a slotted spoon, carefully lower the whitebait into the oil. Fry for 3 minutes, so that they’re golden brown, then scoop out and drain on kitchen paper.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 790
  • Fat 64.4g
  • Saturates 1g
  • Carbs 15.4g
  • Sugars 0.8g
  • Fibre 6.8g
  • Protein 27.6g
  • Salt 1.7g