Battered Carpente

This crisp coating for battered carpente is wonderful with whitebait too
By Mike Robinson
Battered Carpente
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Effort: easy


For the batter:

  • 500 g plain flour, sieved
  • 300 ml beer
  • black pepper

For the carpente:

  • 2 tbsp flour, for dusting
  • 1 kg carpente
  • sunflower oil, for frying


1. To make the beer batter, simply mix the flour and beer in a large bowl and whisk thoroughly, adding more beer if necessary. The batter should be the consistency of pouring cream. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

2. Heat the oil in a deep-fat fryer or wok to 190°C. Dust the carpente in a little flour and then dip into the batter. Deep fry for 2-3 minutes, until golden. Drain on kitchen paper and serve immediately with a chilli tomato sauce.

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