Fritto Misto di Mare

  • Serves

    serves 4-6

Simply fried assorted seafood is a popular appetizer all over coastal Italy—and especially along the shores of the Adriatic.


  • 2 cups flour
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup milk
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 12 lb. whitebait or smelts, cleaned
  • 34 lb. squid or cuttlefish bodies, cleaned and cut into 1'' rings
  • 14 lb. small shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Arugula
  • 2 lemons, cut in wedges


Step 1

Place flour in a medium bowl, season with salt and pepper, and mix thoroughly. Pour milk into a separate bowl. Heat about 3'' oil in a deep skillet over medium-high heat. Dip fish in milk, a few pieces at a time, then dredge in flour. Repeat process, dipping squid and shrimp first in milk, then in flour.

Step 2

Shake excess flour from fish and seafood, then fry in batches, turning occasionally, until crisp and golden, about 3 minutes per batch. Drain on paper towels, sprinkle with salt, and then transfer to a large platter. Garnish with arugula and serve with lemon wedges.

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