Pescadinha Frita/ How To Cook Fried Fish

Pescadinha Frita/ How To Cook Fried Fish


Pescadinha Frita/Fried Fish

‘Pescadinha Frita’ is Brazilian deep fried fish which is normally served with chips. A popular street food, served with hot chili sauce (to dip into) and a cold beer makes a perfect snack outside or in a beach bar. Most snack bars serve this dish, and it’s very common to see it at the bars along the beach front.

Makes 5 portions


1 kg of fish fillets of your choice left whole or cut into 3 pieces

1 cup of flour

Juice of 1 lime or lemon

Salt and pepper to taste

1 clove garlic whole with skin

Vegetable oil for deep frying

First of all wash the fish in a bowl of warm water with lime juice. Drain the water and season with salt and pepper and a few wedges of lime and leave to marinade for about 10 minutes. Chef’s tip: “You can either keep the fish whole, fillet it or cut in into small pieces, the latter being the most popular way to serve it in Brazil.”

Meanwhile, in a bowl add the flour and season. Once the fish is ready, add to the flour and mix until all the fish is coated. The fish is ready for frying.

In a large frying pan, heat the oil to a medium temperature and add a clove of garlic (this will add flavor to the oil). Once the fish is a nice golden brown on each side place on plate with kitchen paper to drain any excess fat. Serve with chips, mayonnaise and lime/lemon wedges. Just delicious.

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