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Fried sea urchin roe and clams with tomatillo salsa


"Most sea urchin roe is exported, which is a great shame," says Luke Burgess. "When it's fresh, it's like a taste of the sea. This pairing with clams makes a quick and simple snack. Tomatillos, a tomato relative, are a classic salsa ingredient in Mexico. They're sold canned in Mexican grocers, although you may be lucky enough to find them fresh at a farmers' market."

You'll need

12 large clams 12 pieces sea urchin roe (about 10gm each) 150 gm (1 cup) potato flour For deep-frying: vegetable oil To serve: fennel pollen (optional; see note)   Tomatillo salsa 1 cup pickled tomatillo, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped 100 ml olive oil 1 tbsp honey

Method

  • 01
  • Bring a saucepan of water with a steam basket to the boil, place clams in a steamer basket and steam until clams open (1-2 minutes). Remove meat from shells (discard shells) and set aside.
  • 02
  • For tomatillo salsa, pound tomatillo and garlic using a mortar and pestle to a coarse paste, add olive oil, honey and ½ tsp sea salt and mix to combine. Set aside until required.
  • 03
  • Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large deep saucepan to 180C. Dust clam meat and sea urchin roe in potato flour, shaking off excess, then deep-fry in batches until crisp (1-2 mwinutes). Drain on absorbent paper, season to taste and serve hot with tomatillo salsa, and scattered with fennel pollen.
Note Fennel pollen is available from Herbie's Spices and select delicatessens.

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 - 8 people
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  • Serves 6 - 8 people

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