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<i>Australian Fish & Seafood Cookbook</i> by Susman, Huckstep, Hodges & Swan

Australian Fish & Seafood Cookbook by Susman, Huckstep, Hodges & Swan [©Murdoch Books]

Ling Burger from the Australian Fish and Seafood Cookbook


 Fish and seafood are without doubt the most distinctive,  appetising and special of all produce. Years in the making,  The Australian Fish & Seafood Cookbook has been written by some of the most respected authorities on seafood in Australia and New Zealand.

The book contains more than 130 of the best seafood recipes and is brimming with information and step-by-step instructions that will inspire you to try new and different species of fish and seafood and the different ways of cooking them.

Try this recipe to get you started on summer food ideas! 

Ling Burger – serves 4


  • vegetable oil, for deep-frying
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons milk
  • 80 g (2¾ oz/½ cup) rice flour
  • 25 g (1 oz) panko (Japanese-style) breadcrumbs
  • 4 × 120 g (4¼ oz) ling fillets, skin removed, pin-boned
  • 4 brioche buns, cut in half horizontally
  • 8 baby cos (romaine) lettuce leaves
  • 2 whole pickled onions, sliced into rings
  • 2 Pickled Cucumbers (page 460), thinly sliced lengthways
  • 100 g (3½ oz) Tartare Sauce (page 83)
  • 125 ml (4 floz/½ cup) melted duck fat, or extra virgin olive oil 


Half-fill a medium saucepan with vegetable oil and place over high heat (see note). Heat the oil to 180°C (350°C)¿– check with an oil thermometer. (For a guide to testing the oil temperature without a thermometer, see note.)

In a large, shallow bowl, whisk the egg and milk together to make an egg wash. Place the rice flour in another bowl and the panko breadcrumbs in a third. Dust each ling fillet in the rice flour first, then dip it in the egg wash and, lastly, the breadcrumbs.

Tap off any excess crumbs and lower the ling fillets carefully into the hot oil. Fry the ling for about 2 minutes, or until crisp and golden. Remove from the saucepan and drain on a baking tray lined with paper towel.

Place the bottom half of each brioche bun on a tray. Add two lettuce leaves to each and top with the fried fish. Add the pickled onion rings, pickled cucumber and tartare sauce, then place the other brioche half on top and serve.


For this much fish, it’s safe to use a 6 litre (203 fl oz/24 cup) saucepan. When deep-frying in a saucepan, it’s advisable to keep the oil level a good 10 cm (4 in) below the rim of the pan. The other option for deep-frying is, of course, an electric deep-fryer. The used oil can be strained, cooled and refrigerated for later use.

To test the temperature of the oil, drop a cube of bread into it. If it turns golden in 15 seconds, it’s sitting perfectly on 180°C (350°F). If the bread takes only 10 seconds to turn golden, then the oil is around 190°C (375°F). If it takes 20–30 seconds to brown, the oil is too cold. Be patient and get the oil to the correct temperature before proceeding.


This image and recipe is from the Australian Fish & Seafood Cookbook by Susman, Huckstep, Hodges and Swan with photography by Ben Dearnley. It is published by Murdoch Books (Sydney NSW, Oct 2016; HB, 480pp) and retails in Australia for RRP A$79.99.

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