Kiwi

Piper Donuts

This donut sounds fishy! Piper Donuts is definitely an interesting way of pan frying these delicious piper fish, similar method like the usual fried fish but these ones are shaped like those irresistable round fried bread.

Piper or garfish is one of those interesting looking fishes, its shiny, its slender and have that distinct long half beak that looks like a thick needle. This fish also have very sensitive lateral line in their long lower jaws and that helps them detect vibrations caused by their prey. This fish is endemic to New Zealand and see them a lot in supermarkets but never had bought them since I migrated here until now after I saw it prepared on one of the fishing shows I seen lately.

Like any other fish, frying this is quite straight forward the only difference is that to make it more presentable they are usually shaped like a donut where it is prepared by putting a small hole in the tail, carefully bending the beak towards tail then inserting beak into the hole that was created. It’s quite delicate so a light coating of flour is a good idea before frying so it does not stick to the pan. It is a small fish and quite bony, not that much of a hassle to eat since the bones are all in the middle and can be pulled in one motion, unlike milkfish where the bones are everywhere even on the meat itself. It is certainly a very tasty fish, for its size it packs a flavourful punch, certainly one of the most underrated fish.

There are few ways to prepare them, one of them is the simple pan fry, in Australia they remove the back bones, butterfly it, battered and deep fried. Finally, another interesting way of preparing them is by only using the bones, just rub it with garlic and a bit of salt, fry until really crispy and you have a really nice beer match food.

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Piper Donuts

  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: Kiwi

Description

Piper Donuts is definitely an interesting way of pan frying these delicious piper fish, similar method like the usual fried fish but these ones are shaped like those irresistable round fried bread.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 20 pcs piper fish, gutted
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • lime, to serve

Instructions

  1. Pierce through a small hole near the tail are of each fish, carefully bend the body towards tail making sure the bones don’t bread then insert beak through the hole.
  2. Place fish in a large flat platter, season it with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  3. Put the flour in a plate then gently lightly coat the fish with the flour, set it aside.
  4. Prepare a pan for shallow frying, heat oil and once hot pan fry the fish in medium heat until golden brown.
  5. Remove from pan, then serve with fresh lime on the side.

Published by
Raymund
Tags: FishFried

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