Serving Size: 1
*Sugar in seasoned flour? Am I nuts? Well, yes I am, but it is a trick I learned in China. The sugar caramelizes when the fish is cooking, and the crust is darker and crisper. The amount given is approximate, as I was shown, "See, we toss a little sugar in the flour to make the fish crisp and brown." That's the way I do it, and you will have to learn like I did, a little at a time. Start with only a little, and as you gain experience, you can get braver, just like me.
Suggested Wine: Ice Tea or Beer, not wine.
Serving Ideas: Matchstick French Fries, Fresh Tomato and Basil Salad
Notes: Sand Dabs are a species of small flounder abundant on Long Island in the summer. They are not very meaty, but are very sweet. If they are small, you will need 2 per person. This also works well with baby bluefish, called snappers, or blue snappers, and butterfish. These are all inexpensive summertime fish. Kids love to catch them on a pole. Come to think of it, little sunnies (sunfish) can be prepared this way. It is basically a way to cook small fish that it doesn't pay to filet. Freshness is part of the recipe's appeal.
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