Deep-fried Fillets of Snapper served with Lively Tomato Salad

Kylie Kwong combines crisp, battered fish fillets with a citrus-flavoured tomato salad to delicious effect
By Kylie Kwong
Deep-fried Fillets of Snapper served with Lively Tomato Salad
  • Rating:
  • Serves: 6 as part of a banquet
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Effort: easy



  • 6 snapper, each 100g
  • 35 g plain flour
  • 500 ml vegetable oil, for deep-frying

For the beer batter:

  • 125 ml beer
  • 70 g plain flour
  • 120 g ice cubes

For the tomato salad:

  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp white peppercorns
  • 1 small vine-ripened tomato, roughly chopped
  • 1 small beef tomato, oughly chopped
  • 40 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 40 ml lemon juice
  • 2 tsp fresh lime juice
  • 10 yellow tomatoes, halved
  • 1 small green tomato

Tips and Suggestions

"This is my take on traditional beer-battered fish," syas Kylie, "given extra zest by a citrussy tomato salad. The success of this recipe depends entirely on obtaining the freshest fish. Other suitable fish include gurnard and garfish."


1. First make the beer batter. Combine the beer, flour and ice in a bowl with a slotted spoon, (using a spoon rather than a whisk keeps the batter thick and lumpy, and the lumps become crunchy when deep-fried).

2. Leave the batter at room temperature until the ice has melted, then use immediately.

3. Meanwhile, make the tomato salad. Pound the sea salt and white peppercorns with a pestle and mortar until roughly ground.

4. Add vine-ripened and ox-heart tomatoes and lightly crush.

5. Pour in olive oil, lemon and lime juices and mix well.

6. Stir in the yellow tomatoes and green tomato and transfer the salad to a bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

7. Lightly toss the red snapper fillets in flour, then dip in batter to coat completely, letting any excess drain off.

8. Heat the vegetable oil in a large frying pan until the surface seems to shimmer slightly, then add fish in batches and fry for about 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Remove fish from oil and drain on kitchen paper.

9. Arrange the fried fish on a large platter and serve with tomato salad on the side.

Rate This Recipe