Devilled Whitebait with Roasted Garlic Mayo

Devilled whitebait with roasted garlic mayo

  • serves 4 as a starter
  • Easy

Check out this easy recipe for crispy deep-fried whitebait and creamy roasted garlic mayo. This simple yet impressive spring recipe will make a perfect starter at your next dinner party



  • cornflour 50g
  • rice flour 50g
  • English mustard powder 2 tbsp
  • sweet smoked paprika 2 tbsp
  • cayenne pepper 2 tsp, plus a sprinkle to serve
  • fresh or frozen whitebait 400g, see notes below
  • vegetable oil for deep frying


  • garlic 4 cloves, skin on
  • olive oil 1 tbsp
  • sea salt flakes a pinch, plus extra to serve
  • mayonnaise 5 tbsp
  • lemon ½, juiced, plus 1, wedged to serve


  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. To make the mayo, put the garlic cloves onto a piece of foil, drizzle with the olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt and wrap up tightly. Cook in the oven for 25-30 minutes until soft. Cool, then squeeze the cloves out of their skins and put in a bowl with the mayonnaise, lemon juice and some seasoning, and mix well.

  • Step 2

    Put the cornflour, rice flour, mustard powder, paprika and cayenne into a bowl and mix well. Add the whitebait and toss really well, until covered in the spiced flour.

  • Step 3

    Fill a pan no more that 1/3 full with oil and heat to 180C or until a cube of bread browns in 30 seconds. Fry the whitebait, in batches, for 4-5 minutes or until really crisp. Drain on kitchen paper and keep warm in a low oven while you fry the rest. Serve straightaway with the roasted garlic mayo for dipping, a sprinkle of sea salt and lemon wedges for squeezing over.

If using frozen whitebait, leave on a plate in the fridge overnight to defrost.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 463
  • Fat 42.6g
  • Saturates 0.9g
  • Carbs 6.1g
  • Sugars 0.5g
  • Fibre 0.5g
  • Protein 13.5g
  • Salt 0.5g