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Langoustine scampi with lemon mayo

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Serves 4
From Saturday Kitchen
Crisp scampi with a vodka tonic batter, hot from the fryer with sharp lemon mayo.


  1. For the scampi, heat a deep fat fryer to 190C/375F. (CAUTION: Hot oil can be dangerous. Do not leave unattended.)

  2. Meanwhile, mix the flour and cornflour in a bowl until well combined.

  3. Pour the tonic water into the flours and whisk in the vodka until the batter is about the consistency of double cream.

  4. Coat the langoustines in the batter and fry in the oil for 3-4 minutes, or until golden-brown and crisp.

  5. Remove the scampi with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper.

  6. For the mayonnaise, place the eggs, white wine vinegar and mustard into a food processor and blend until pale and creamy.

  7. With the motor running, pour in the oil, in a slow steady stream, until the mayonnaise is thick (you may not need all the oil). Mix in the lemon juice.

  8. To serve, pile the scampi in a serving bowl and serve the lemon mayonnaise alongside. Finish with a sprinkle of sea salt and a squeeze of lemon juice.


  • vegetable oil, for deep frying
  • 28 langoustines, shelled and de-viened
  • 110g/4oz self-raising flour
  • 110g/4oz cornflour
  • 275ml/9floz tonic water
  • 2 tbsp vodka

For the mayonnaise

  • 2 free-range eggs, yolks only
  • 2 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 300ml/10fl oz rapeseed oil
  • 1 lemon, juice only
  • sea salt, to taste

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