Fried fish in a gram flour batter and a zesty tarragon dip | Recipe
The Freiduria or fry shops scattered throughout Andalucia are as commonplace there as sherry and flamenco. Traditionally cooked in a batter of gram and wheat flours, fried fish and potatoes are often served in paper cones to eat at the beach. If this sound familiar, the Freiduria is said to be the origin of the iconic British fish and chip shops, possibly introduced into Britain by Jewish immigrants from this region of Spain.
This version is totally gluten-free, using gram and rice flours to create a light, golden batter.
You will need
White fish – cod, haddock or halibut, 2 fillets cut into pieces about 3 cm wide
Gram flour – 6 tablespoons
Rice flour – 1 tablespoon
Sunflower oil for frying
Cold water – 2 cups
For the dip
Crème fraîche – 200g
Zest of 1/2 a lemon
Lemon juice – 2 tbs
Tarragon – fresh leaves, 3 tablespoons finely chopped
Salt and pepper to season
For the dip simply pour the crème fraîche into a bowl, and fold in the lemon zest, juice and the chopped tarragon leaves. Season with a little salt and pepper to your taste and pop in the fridge while you prepare the fish.
In a large bowl add the gram flour with a pinch of salt and pepper and, in another bowl add the rice flour and about 2 cups of cold water and a squeeze of lemon juice and mix well. Prepare the fish by blotting dry the fillets with a paper towel to remove any non-starch moisture. Cut the fish into strips about 3 cm wide. Dip each piece first into the rice water and then into the gram flour ensuring each piece is completely covered. Pour a good quantity of the sunflower oil (you’ll need at least an inch deep) into a frying pan and bring to med-high heat. Place a couple of pieces of the fish into the pan at a time, and fry on both sides until golden. Serve immediately with the tarragon dip, a handful of crunchy samphire and a few lemon wedges.