Nothing beats a fish finger sandwich. Nothing. This one comes complete with crunchy lettuce and a homemade dill tartare sauce.






Skill level

Average: 4 (5 votes)


  • 800 g King George whiting fillets
  • 2 litres vegetable oil, for deep frying
  • 50 g softened butter
  • 12 thick slices white bread
  • 6 leaves gem lettuce (baby cos)

Beer batter

  • 225 g (1½ cups) self-raising flour
  • 375 ml (1½ cups) beer, chilled

Dill tartare sauce

  • 350 g (1½ cups) Japanese mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped spring onions
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped gherkins
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped capers
  • 2 tbsp thinly sliced parsley
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced dill

Cook's notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.


  1. For the beer batter, place the flour in a bowl and stir in the beer just until a thick batter forms. Don’t over-mix. A few lumps is fine. Rest for 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, for the dill tartare sauce, combine all the ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve.
    Cut the whiting into pieces about the same length as your bread. Heat the oil for deep-frying in a large saucepan to 180ºC.
  3. Cooking in batches, dip the whiting fillets briefly into the batter, drain off any excess and fry for about 4 minutes on each side or until golden. Drain on a wire rack.
  4. Butter the bread and top half the slices with a good dollop of tartare sauce, a lettuce leaf, a couple of pieces of fried fish and another dollop of tartare sauce. Cover with the remaining bread slices and serve immediately. 


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