Fritto Misto di Mare is a mixed seafood dish that is best for sharing. It is a perfect party dish or main course during a family dinner. You can prepare boiled corn and other steamed vegetables on the side to go with it as well.
500g fish fillets, boned, cut into cm strips
12 sardines head and bones removed
8 raw large prawns, shelled
8 scallops, cleaned and de-veined
1 large squid, cut into rings
Flour for coating
Oil for deep-frying
Lemon wedges to serve
1 cup self-rising flour
1/4 cup corn flour
1 tablespoon oil
1 cup of water
Salt and Pepper
1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
1 finely chopped gherkin
1 teaspoon chopped capers
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1/4 teaspoon smooth mustard
1 tablespoon grated onion
Prepare the batter by sieving the flour, salt and pepper. Make a big hole in the centre then add the oil and water. Whisk mixture until smooth.
Dry the prepared seafood using paper towels then dip them into the flour. Shake off excess flour after.
Heat the oil in a large pan until it is moderately hot. Dip a few pieces of the flour coated seafood into the batter. Using a pair of tongs or spoons, gently lower a few pieces of seafood at a time into the pan; cook for 2-3 minutes or until it turns crispy or golden brown. Remove and drain them on paper towels. Keep warm. Continue coating and frying the remaining seafood.
To make the tartar sauce, combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Serve with capers on top.
Plate the seafood together on a plate with the tartar sauce. Add lemon wedges on the side if preferred. Serve immediately.
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