Little Fish From The Garden

Peixinhos da horta or ‘little fish from the garden’; a tempting little treat. The recipe is Portuguese in origin and interestingly the precursor to the world renowned Japanese tempura. Who’d have thought.

One of our lovely Food Revolution ambassadors, Cátia Albino, shared this recipe with me and it’s been a real winner in our household ever since.

The concept is remarkably simple. Make a thin batter, blanch some green beans, dip and fry. We’ve even tried a gluten free version using rice flour and the results are equally pleasing.


  • handful of green beans (about 200g)
  • 2 eggs
  • salt & pepper (twist of each)
  • 100g plain flour
  • 200ml water


  1. Make your batter – just whisk the ingredients together.
  2. Dip your green beans in the batter and then deep fry your ‘little fish’ until they turn beautifully golden. (It’s advisable not to overcrowd the pan/fryer so you may want to cook them in batches).
  3. Drain on kitchen paper, sprinkle with flaky sea salt and serve. (pair with white wine for utter bliss).

gorgeous Peixinhos da horta

I like to enjoy them with a spicy tomato chilli sauce:

little fish (green beans) with chilli tomato sauce

Happy days!


Peixinhos da horta

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