100g smoked mackerel or kahawai
150g cooked corn kernels, quick-pickled for at least 20 minutes in a 50/50 water and white vinegar brine
1 large onion, thinly sliced
½ cup parsley, mint or coriander roughly chopped
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
zest of 1 lemon, plus extra to serve
200g flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
¼ cup (approx) pickle brine from corn kernels
neutral oil, for frying
fresh herbs and sea salt, to serve

Quick pickling the corn kernels gives a nice little pop of acidity to the fritters but if you’re short on time, this can be skipped and water can be used to loosen the fritter mixture. If you want to bulk out the recipe to feed a crowd, bump up the fish and add some grated purple kumara, potato or sliced onions.

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1.Flake the smoked fish into a bowl with the corn, onion and herbs and stir to combine.
2.Season generously with salt and cracked pepper (we recommend really going for it on the pepper front!) then add paprika, lemon zest, flour and baking powder.
3.Mix, then slowly stir in the pickle brine until the mixture is wet enough to hold together.
4.Heat 2cm oil in a large pan over a high heat.
5.Add dollops of the mixture to the hot oil and cook, turning occasionally, until golden and crispy.
6.Remove from the heat, letting the oil drain off, then toss in a bowl with some sea salt.
7.Serve hot, sprinkled with herbs, extra lemon zest and a yoghurt dip, if desired.

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