West Coast Whitebait Patties

Recipe by LilKiwiChicken
READY IN: 25mins


  • 3
    eggs, beaten
  • 12
    cup milk
  • 34
    cup flour
  • 14
    teaspoon salt
  • 1
    teaspoon baking powder
  • 500
    g whitebait
  • 2
    tablespoons light vegetable oil (for frying) or 2 tablespoons butter (for frying)


  • Beat the eggs in a large bowl, then mix in the milk.
  • Season with salt & pepper to taste.
  • Lightly beat through the flour & baking powder to ensure there are no lumps. Add the flour slowly - the mixture should be thick & runny but not too gloopy.
  • In a colander, rinse the whitebait and pick out any river stones or other debris.
  • Drain, and mix into the egg mixture until well combined.
  • Heat a frying pan on medium-high heat, and once heated, add the butter/olive oil.
  • Drop in dessert-spoonfuls of the whitebait mixture, and cook until the pattie is set (& starts to go golden on the underside). The whitebait will normally have gone white at this stage.
  • Turn, and cook on the other side until golden.
  • Keep warm in the oven until ready to serve, in my house they get eaten as fast as they are cooked!