Sunday, 18 March 2007

Beer Battered Seafood

So fresh and smelling like the sea.

Excuse fingers, please.

I am a very lucky girl living up here in North Queensland. It really is cheaper to eat Seafood. I crave Beef, a good once or twice a week and make sure we have our iron injection of good red meat, at least once a week. We are eating less and less chicken as well, to Maddy's dismay, she just loves chicken. We are eating probably 2/3 less fat up here in NQ. I'll swear it's the heat. If it wasn't because I am a total chocoholic, I think I would lose more weight than the slow amounts I am dropping. So tonight, fat injection extravaganza! Oh and it was sooooooooooo goooooooood!
For $37, I got one hell of a piece of Barramundi, gorgeous King Prawns, two large Calamari tubes and that includes the oil and the batter. The potato gems an extra $3. So really $40 to feed 4 people and at the end of it we really had an amount to feed 6. So about $6.60 per person. Hey there Mister fish and chips man, beat that, I think not. I am so bloated. We didn't eat it all of course. Leftover sandwiches for lunch tomorrow. MMMMMMmmmmmmm
And here's the recipe. Ta Da!
  1. A large fillet of Barramundi cut into large cubes
  2. 10 large King Prawns, deveined and butterflied
  3. 2 large calamari tubes cleaned and cut into circles

Beer Batter

  1. 2 Egg Whites
  2. 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil
  3. Ground Pepper
  4. 1 x 375ml bottle of Beer
  5. 1 1/2 cups of Plain Flour
  6. Extra Flour for dusting Seafood
  7. 2 litres of Canola Oil for frying

When your seafood is all prepared and ready to go, it's time to start heating the oil. Use a large heavy based saucepan or similar. Now for the batter. Whisk egg whites until they form stiff peaks, then add olive oil, pepper and whisk again. Then add your whole bottle of beer. Whisk until just combined. Lastly the flour, add it gradually as the batter is whisking on a medium speed, until well combined. Dust your seafood with the extra flour.

Dip your seafood into the batter and place into the hot oil. I chose not to use the batter for the Calamari and just tossed it in, dusted with the flour. Remember not to overcrowd the pan. Cook in small batches until golden brown. Drain on paper towel. Sprinkle with your favourite salt. Serve with fresh lemon wedges and your preferred seafood sauce. I have used some leftover Hollandaise from dinner the night before. Good stuff huh? I think so and no complaints here. Enjoy and so easy :)


theotherbear said...

Wow. That looks fabuloso. Will you adopt me?

Squishy said...

Depends, do you come with your own Trust Fund? If so when can you move? Ha Ha only kidding. Unfortunately I will have to put you on the waiting list. LOL Cheers Amelita.