Goujons of Lemon Sole with Parmesan Breadcrumbs

I can’t think of a better fish for goujons than lemon sole – its flavour seems to complement speedy deep-frying in a breadcrumb coating perfectly – but all of the cheaper flat fish, such as flounder, plaice and dab are almost improved by deep frying. The word ‘goujon’ is French for the small freshwater fish the gudgeon, which is approximately the right size for them. Incidentally, they are kept in large tanks in water-quality laboratories, as they can detect impurities in water like no other and change sex if things aren’t to their liking.

Serves 4

Ingredients

450g (1lb) skinned lemon sole fillets
100g (4oz) fresh white breadcrumbs
25g (1oz) parmesan cheese, finely grated
½ tsp cayenne pepper
Sunflower oil, for deep-frying
50g (2oz) plain flour
3 eggs, beaten
Sea salt
Lemon wedges, to serve

Instructions

Cut each lemon sole fillet diagonally across into strips about the thickness of a man’s finger – about 2½ cm (1 inch) across. Mix the breadcrumbs with the grated parmesan and cayenne pepper and set aside.

Heat some oil for deep-frying to 190°C/375°F or until a cube of day-old bread will brown in about a minute. Line a baking tray with plenty of kitchen paper.

Coat the goujons a few at a time in the flour, then in beaten egg and finally in the breadcrumb mixture, making sure that they all take on an even coating and remain separate.

Drop a small handful of goujons into the oil and deep-fry for about 1 minute until crisp and golden. Lift out with a slotted spoon on to the paper-lined tray to drain and repeat with the remainder, making sure the oil has come back to temperature first.

Pile the goujons on to 4 warmed plates and garnish with the lemon wedges. If you like, serve with a mixed whole leaf or herb salad, dressed with a little extra virgin olive oil and some seasoning.

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