• Try our crispy battered fish alongside a refreshing watermelon and avocado salad. This recipe marries the satisfying crunch of fried fish with the vibrant, sweet juiciness of watermelon and the creamy goodness of avocado. A perfect summer dish that’s guaranteed to impress!

    Crispy battered fish with watermelon and avocado salad

    Serves: 4
    Total Time: 50 minutes


    • 1 1/4 cups self-raising flour
    • 2/3 cup chilled beer
    • 2 tsp garlic salt
    • vegetable oil, for deep-frying
    • 400g firm white fish fillets, cut into thick strips
    • 2 pitta breads
    • Avo & watermelon salad
    • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
    • 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
    • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
    • 1 tbsp caster  sugar
    • 500g seedless watermelon, coarsely chopped
    • 200g baby cos lettuce, trimmed, leaves separated
    • 2 avocados, thinly sliced
    • 1 cup loosely packed coriander leaves
    • 2 tbsp lime juice
    • 1 tbsp olive oil



    Whisk 3/4 cup of the flour, the beer and garlic salt in a medium bowl to form a thick batter; refrigerate for 15 minutes.

    For the avo and watermelon salad


    Combine onion, garlic, vinegar and sugar in a large bowl; stand for 10 minutes. Strain the mixture; discard liquid. Return the mixture to bowl, add the watermelon, lettuce, avocado, coriander, juice and oil; toss to combine.


    Fill a wok one-third with oil and heat to 180°C (or until a cube of bread browns in 15 seconds).


    Place the remaining flour in a medium bowl. Coat fish in flour; shake away excess. Dip fish in batter; drain off excess.


    Deep-fry the fish, in batches, until golden and cooked through. Drain on a paper towel.


    Serve fish immediately with salad and pitta bread.


    FOOD TEAM TIP - If you're looking for the crunch of perfect beer-battered fish but without the alcohol, try using soda water instead. If you like your salad with a bit of a kick, add 2 fresh jalapeño chillies, thinly sliced.

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