Thursday, June 26, 2008

Deep-Fried Seafood

I've always loved seafood. It's just a little pricey, though. But you can purchase small amounts of each of these ingredients and still get the yummy seafood taste.

1/4 kilo medium prepared squid
7-8 tiger prawns or jumbo shrimps
1/4 kilo fish fillet (of any kind)
vegetable oil for deep frying
4 tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. dried basil
salt and pepper
garlic-flavored mayonnaise
lemon wedges

1. Carefully rinse the squid, prawns or shrimps, and fish under cold runnign water, removing any dirt or grit.
2. Using a sharp knife, slice the squid into rings, leaving the tentacles whole.
3. Heat the oil in a large saucepan to 350 to 370 degrees fahrenheit.
4. Place the flour in abowl, add the basil, and season with salt and pepper to taste; mix together well.
5. Roll the squid, prawns or shrimp, and fish in the seasoned flour until coated all over. Carefully shake off any excess flour.
6. Cook the seafood in the heated oil, in batches, for 2-3 minutes, or until crispy and golden all over. Remove all the seafood with a draining spoon and leave to drain thoroughly on paper towels.
7. Transfer to serving plates and serve with garlic-flavored mayonnaise and a few lemon wedges.