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.