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Best Whitebait Fritters Recipe

Best Whitebait Fritters Recipe

with Allan Burgess

Translucent freshly caught whitebait.

To make the best whitebait fritters: For each cup of fresh whitebait mix together one beaten egg, and one heaped teaspoon of flour, salt and pepper to taste. Nothing else. Cook in a moderately hot pan with a little butter to prevent sticking.

Tip: I’m sure the whitebait will taste even better if you can catch them yourself.

The secret to whitebaiting is to be on the river. Some days you catch a lot of bait; other days not much. You never know quite when the best runs will take place.

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Whitebaiting at the mouth of Canterbury’s Waimakariri River. Your first task is to catch your whitebait.

Here is a video of Allan Burgess, the editor of, drag netting for whitebait at the mouth of Canterbury’s Waimakariri River.


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