Snacks and sides

Fish fingers with tartare sauce

These fish fingers are an excellent snack or starter. And this tartare sauce recipe is bound to become your go-to.
Fish fingers with tartare sauce

Fish fingers with tartare sauce

Chris Court

These make a great snack or starter; you can have everything prepared ahead and simply fry the sardines when your guests arrive. The addition of anchovies to this tartare sauce recipe lends it a rich umami flavour that tastes deeply of the sea.


Tartare sauce



1.For tartare sauce, combine ingredients in a bowl and season to taste with freshly ground black pepper and lemon juice. Refrigerate for 1 hour for flavours to develop.
2.Dry-roast spices in a small saucepan (10-20 seconds), then finely grind in a mortar and pestle. Combine in a bowl with parsley and preserved lemon.
3.Place sardines skin-side down on a tray. Scatter with parsley mixture, then fold lengthways to enclose filling. Place flour, egg and breadcrumbs in separate bowls. Carefully coat sardines first with flour, then egg, then breadcrumbs, shaking off excess in between, and refrigerate on a tray until required.
4.Preheat oil in a deep saucepan to 170C. Deep-fry sardines in batches, turning occasionally, until golden and cooked through (2-4 minutes; be careful as hot oil will spit). Drain on absorbent paper, then serve hot with tartare sauce and lemon wedges.

This recipe is from the June 2012 issue of Gourmet Traveller.

Drink Suggestion: Crisp dry white such as vermentino. Drink suggestion by Max Allen


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